The Starlight Barking

The Starlight Barking

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Dodie Smith's classic sequel to The Hundred and One Dalmations.



Strange things are happening. Dogs are the only creatures in the world that are awake, and they can communicate through thought waves. Best of all, they can swoosh through the air. Pongo, Missis and the family swoosh up to London to see if they can help sort out what's going on. Is it Cruella de Vil, up to her old tricks? Or is it something or someone far more sinister?



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. The Starlight Barking is another exciting adventure by Dodie Smith - not just for 101 Dalmations, but for every other kind of dog, too!
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 197 x 14mm | 187g
  • Egmont Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • black & white chapter vignettes
  • 1405224819
  • 9781405224819
  • 233,385

About Dodie Smith

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.
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1,437 ratings
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3 31% (443)
2 10% (144)
1 3% (37)

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A few months back I read the first book in this trilogy by Dodie Smith and I loved reading the original tale of the 101 Dalmatians. So when I decided to host the 2013 Pre-1960 Classic Children's Books Reading Challenge I immediately put this one on hold. Unfortunately for me the book was published 7 years too late to qualify for the challenge but I read it anyways. This book centers around Pongo and Missis, the main characters from the 101 Dalmatians and a few of their pups plus some other beloved characters that appeared in the first book as well as the Walt Disney animated film of the same name. In this book the dogs wake up to a world filled with silence in which canines are the only animals awake, well the dogs, and 3 honorary dogs which include two cats and a young boy named Tommy. I thought the characters were simply delightful. While the book is written at a bit of a hire level for young children nowadays, we simply forget that children's books used to be written a lot different compared to those we see more often. As I said the characters were delightful and it was lovely to see much of the original cast and to meet some new faces as well which included the dog version of the British parliament. What I enjoyed most about the novel was the story itself which takes on a bit of a science fiction slant which I was not expecting at all and since I don't want to ruin it for anyone who may read it let me just say that I thought it was rather unique to have that in a child's book about dogs and I think Dodie Smith did a lovely job incorporating the science fiction aspects into her book in a way that wasn't to high brow for children to understand and like. I think the fact that the book offered something different was wonderful. It's well known that Dodie Smith is a wonderful children's author and this book just adds to her repatoir. I loved the way she created her characters and gave them all different personalities and quirks to go along with them as well and I thought it was one of the most heartwarming novels with a great amount of adventure that I've read in a long and I think this is one along with the preceding book that should be in every child's library. I would recommend this to anyone who has a child to include this in their child's library. While like I mentioned before it may be a little harder for toddlers to comprehend it would make for the perfect bedtime read for older children.show more
by Kimberly Roy
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