I’ve long been a fan of Dodie Smith’s ‘The One Hundred and One Dalmatians’ and my girls adore the film adaptations, so we were thrilled to hear that Peter Bently was adapting the story for a picture book and that it was going to be illustrated by Steven Lenton. So could this formidable duo manage to turn one of the great children’s classics into a story that would appeal to younger readers, without losing any essence of the story. Well I’m thrilled to say they have succeeded with great aplomb. A whole new generation is bound to be enchanted by the story of Missis and Pongo whose darling Dalmatian puppies are stolen by the wicked Cruella de Vil to be turned into spotty fur coats. With the help of some fearless furry friends, they set off on a brave rescue attempt to try and get their pups back. But can they outwit the evil Cruella before it is too late?
You know from the moment you set your eyes on this stunning, vibrant cover that you are in for a real treat. Peter has brought to life brilliantly this marvellous adventure, managing to capture the thrill of the chase as Missis and Pongo pursue the dastardly Cruella, without making it too scary for little ones. Steven Lenton has created the most exquisite spreads that are filled with the most intricate and joyous details. I fell head over heels in love with the final spread brimming with Christmas joy as the Dalmatians cause havoc all around Mr and Mrs Dearly. The attention to detail is wonderfully endearing as we clearly see the personality of each and every single dog. By far the thing that captured my imagination the most is Cruella and her ravishing wardrobe, you could almost forgive her despicable ways just so you could borrow her ‘to die for’ peacock dress. ‘The One Hundred and One Dalmatians’ is a joy to behold, with the most perfect attention to detail all the way down to its Dalmatian dotty endpapers.
Thank you to Egmont for sending me a copy of this glorious book. ‘One Hundred and One Dalmatians’ will be released on the 21st September you can pre-order it at any good bookshop or online.