Halfway, for now

15. The Hundred and One Dalmations by Dodie Smith

Another reread of a fun children’s book, although I never actually readowned (I suddenly have a vague recollection of reading a friend’s copy, although I can’t be sure it’s correct. I certainly was the kind of child who’d go to a friend’s house and read their books (with permission), though!) this one as a child. I haven’t seen the Disney cartoon in decades (I’m only presuming I’ve ever seen the full film straight through), and I haven’t seen the more recent live-action version at all, but regardless of how good they may be, the book is good enough that it must be better!

While there are stereotypes and exaggerations aplenty in the characterisations, there is also reality in both the dogs and the humans (not to mention a few other animals) and fond interaction galore. The story hangs together well and I enjoy going back to it.

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