The Hundred and One Dalmatians

The Hundred and One Dalmatians

Book - 1989
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Pongo the Dalmatian and his wife undertake a daring expedition to rescue their fifteen puppies from the clutches of the vicious Cruella de Vil.
Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Puffin Books, 1989, c1956
ISBN: 9780140340341
0140340343
9780606041010
060604101X
Branch Call Number: j SMITH 1989
Characteristics: 184 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Dooling, Michael - Illustrator

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VV12
Jan 08, 2016

Unlike most of Disney's source material, which tend to be at least a little darker or more mature than their movie adaptations, 101 Dalmations is just as sweet and endearing as the film. It sort of gives the impression of someone telling a child a story which they are making up as they go along. A light, humorous, and satisfying read.

terriercat Jun 02, 2015

I didn't believe it at first when people told me this book was better than both the live action and cartoon versions of the movie. As a longtime fan of both movies with the cartoon being my favorite, I didn't think it could get any better.
At this point in time I feel that I should point out that I almost never would read a book if I had seen the movie already. The reason is that when the movies feature the exact same story as the book I get bored because I don't like rereading books and even though I haven't done this it feels like I have. Strangely this does not hold true in reverse. I love watching movies after I have read the books.
Anyway, this book felt very different from either movie. While the main story is closest in the live action version, the fact that the dog's language to each other is understood and in the live action movie the dog's don't "talk", the cartoon is much closer here, but the book features more humor, characters, and a few other storyline elements not seen in either movie that make it more enjoyable. There is also a couple of character name switches that took place when the book went to film. One big thing, that was confusing for me at first, was that in the movie the two parent dog's are Pongo and Perdita, and while Pongo and Perdita are both characters in the book, Pongo and Perdita are not the married dog's in this book. Pongo is married to a dog called Missus and Perdita is a different Dalmatian.
Before reading this book I had read the original sequel to 101 Dalmatians, The Starlight Barking, and had really loved that book. In fact I like the sequel more than both this first book, and either of the sequels Disney came up with for their movie versions.
Based off the fact that I loved the sequel and enough people told me the book was different from both movie versions, I decided to give this book a try and was really glad that I did!

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