The One Hundred One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith is epic in its own way. Though the book is about a pair of dogs as the protagonists, the author does not treat them like canines, but actual people, with real feelings and intellectual thoughts and concerns for what gown up humans show much care about – their kids.
It is the same as the movie version (I’ve only seen the cartoon), but it differs vastly in many ways that will keep even the most familiar Dalmatians viewer on the edge of their seat.
Though we’ve both read it before, we just started reading it together for our cozy autumn/winter novel. And it really is the perfect book to read this time of year. It’s not exactly a Christmas tale (although it takes place near Christmas), but it is a red carpet leading you delightfully into the winter season with a smile on your face and a notion that great fiction is still out there… if you just dig deep enough.
I highly recommend this book, whether you know the movie(s) or not, to anyone and everyone. It’s a great mystery, fun adventure, and a moving tale of two parents’ dedication to saving their puppies, thus reuniting – and growing – their family. Bet you never thought of this story being adoption-themed… they rescue orphans! I mean, really, how much cooler can you get!
Read a great review of this novel here.