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I’ve never written a blog post in my life, but it’s World Book Day, so I’m going to tell you about a book I loved as a child—probably my favorite book ever.

101 Dalmatians, by Dodie Smith.

Didn’t see that coming, did you?

NOT a novelization of the Disney movie. The movie is beloved and has its place, but I’m talking about the original book on which the movie was based. The book, published in 1956, is sweet, funny, and serious. Pongo and Mrs. Pongo go on the adventure of a lifetime to rescue their puppies and are helped along the way by many wonderful animal characters. It’s quite thrilling. Cruella de Vil in this book is not a slapstick figure; she’s terrifying!

I read and re-read this book as a child—so many times, in fact, that I ended up buying another copy and carefully preserving the original in a little plastic bag. I still have both copies on my bookshelf.

I was a major bookworm as a child. The bus ride to and from my elementary school was about 25 minutes each way so I had a lot of time to read. I loved The Black Stallion and Farewell, My Lady. I discovered, in the eighth grade, Sherlock Holmes (wow!). Still, 101 Dalmatians calls up the strongest, warmest memories.

I highly recommend 101 Dalmatians for adults and children. Stay safe and, if you’re of a mind to, try out this great book.

What book did you read and re-read as a child?

What book from your childhood would you recommend to others—children or adults?


Tonya Cook is our subsidiary rights manager. She has been working from home for the Press since 1999.

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