Saturday, July 18, 2009

Book Review (Audio): The 101 Dalmations by Dodie Smith

I read a review of The 101 Dalmations by Sarah from A Library is a Hospital for the Mind so while looking for a book to download to my Ipod I came across The 101 Dalmations by Dodie Smith, read by Martin Jarvis, and downloaded it using our library's Library 2 Go feature. On our trip to and from Kentucky we plugged it in and listened.

Book Description:
When the Dearly's Dalmatians have their first litter of puppies—fifteen in all—everyone is delighted. But their joy is shattered when the pups are kidnapped! The humans don't have a clue as to who the culprit is, but the smartest dogs in London are on the case—and on the trail of the fur-loving Cruella de Vil, who will stop at nothing to have a Dalmatian fur coat!

I have to say I really enjoyed this book. In some ways the Disney cartoon is similar, but there is more to the plot that makes the story even more enjoyable than the film. I asked my kids what they thought and they agreed that the book was better. I also really enjoyed the reader, Martin Jarvis. He does a great job of making each character come alive. I will definitely be adding this book to our personal library when I find a copy.

A final note: I couldn't help but have Disney's "Cruella De Vil" song rolling around in my head as I listened. So for fun here it is (You will need to scroll down and turn off the player):

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