The 101 Dalmations by Dodie Smith (1956)

dogs.jpgMany of the older Disney films are based on beloved children’s books from WAY BACK.  However, the movies have become so well-loved and iconic that the original books are all but forgotten.   But it’s so fun to read the novel and discover the whole story  which usually has many more characters and a lot more plot twists that Disney had time to portray in their movies.

There’s also a fun sequel to 101 Dalmations called Starlight Barking.  Worth tracking down if your children love a good dog story!  I always enjoyed hearing my children compare the book to the movie — usually the book comes out on top (although not always!).  You’ll enjoy finding out that the 101 Dalmations includes more dogs than just Pongo, Perdita (not even her name in the book) and their puppies . . .

star.jpgDodie Smith was a very popular writer in her day and is also the author of I Capture the Castle, if you’ve ever read that.

Middle Grade Reading Level, 184 pages, Published in 1956.  





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Are you looking for Children’s and Young Adult books that have stood the test of time? I have a master of list of over 600 titles to share. I’m an English major, mother of five and homeschooler for 15 years. My purpose with this blog is to share forgotten favorites that most parents today have never heard of, but are so worth reading! I hope you’ll join with me as I share the best that Youth Literature has to offer.
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