Dodie Smith's classic tale about 101 Dalmations and their fight for survival against the evil Cruella De Vil. When Missis and Pongo's puppies go missing, the two Dalmatian parents know the scary Cruella De Vil has had something to do with it. After all, she adores furs, and the Dalmatians have such beautiful coats . . . The dogs' pets, Mr and Mrs Dearly, don't understand them, so it is up to Pongo and Missis to rescue their pups - with the help of all the dogs in England.
The Hundred and One Dalmations is an all-time classic children's book. Famously adapted by Walt Disney Studios, it continues to be one of the most popular children's books long after the author's death.
Dodie Smith Dorothy `Dodie' Smith was the author of the much-loved story for children The Hundred and One Dalmations, which has been adapted for the screen several times, most notably in the classic Walt Disney animation. Dodie Smith was born in 1896. She entered the Academy of Dramatic Art in 1914 and, after a period of time as an actress, she wrote her first play, Autumn Crocus, in 1931. Its success led to her making a name as a playwright, before moving to the United States with her husband during the 1940s. It was here that she began writing novels, including her first - I Capture the Castle - in 1948, The Hundred and One Dalmatians in 1956 and The Starlight Barking in 1967. Dodie Smith died in 1990 but her books for children, particularly her tales about those loveable Dalmatians, continue to charm generations of animal lovers.