Press Release: The Hundred and One Dalmatians
Introduced by Jacqueline Wilson
Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie
‘All [Dodie Smith’s] work – for adults and for children – is suffused with charm’
‘Wouldn’t they make enchanting fur coats?’ simpers the devious Cruella de Vil – one of children’s literature’s most diabolical villains – upon meeting Pongo and Missus, beloved Dalmatians of Mr and Mrs Dearly. Dodie Smith’s classic tale of a great dog robbery was inspired when a friend idly remarked that Smith’s own Dalmatian, also called Pongo, would make a lovely fur coat. Smith’s stylish and inventive novel is filled with moments of charm and humour not found in the cinematic adaptations: the vivacious antics of Nanny Cook and Nanny Butler, the reason why Cruella, as one feisty pup discovers, tastes of pepper, and the mystery behind the identity of the hundred and oneth Dalmatian.
This superb edition is introduced by former Children’s Laureate Jacqueline Wilson, who explains how The Hundred and One Dalmatians won her heart when she first read it as a child, and why it has gone on to do the same for generations of children since its first publication more than 60 years ago.
Sara Ogilvie’s charismatic duotone illustrations heighten both the fun and energy of the story. Her Cruella is a perfect mix of the frightening and the ridiculous, and each doggy character is alive with individual personality: the mischievous Roly Poly,
the tenacious Cadpig, and the adept Colonel, the sheepdog who is a ‘perfect master of strategy’. Endpapers inspired by a design from the first edition illustrate ‘The Twilight Barking’, Smith’s take on the canine evening news, and the binding design shows a pack of Dalmatians on the run while a haughty Cruella de Vil, decked out in her ‘absolutely simple white mink cloak’, sneers out from the spine.
The slipcase, printed with signature Dalmatian spots, rounds off this joyful collector’s edition.
Quarter-bound in blocked cloth with printed textured paper sides. Set in New Caledonia. 208 pages. 30 integrated duotone illustrations. Printed endpapers. Printed slipcase. 10˝ x 7½˝.
UK £34.95 US $51.95 Can $69.95 Aus $69.95
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