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The Starlight Barking By Dodie Smith Anne Johnstone Janet Grahame Johnstone The Starlight Barking Dodie Smith s The Hundred and One Dalmatians later adapted by Disney was declared a classic when first published in The Starlight Barking Dodie s own long forgotten sequel is a thrilling new

  • Title: The Starlight Barking
  • Author: Dodie Smith Anne Johnstone Janet Grahame Johnstone
  • ISBN: 9781405204125
  • Page: 403
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Starlight Barking By Dodie Smith Anne Johnstone Janet Grahame Johnstone Dodie Smith s The Hundred and One Dalmatians, later adapted by Disney, was declared a classic when first published in 1956 The Starlight Barking, Dodie s own long forgotten sequel, is a thrilling new adventure for Pongo and his family As the story opens, every living creature except dogs is gripped by an enchanted sleep One of the original Dalmatian puppies, all grown uDodie Smith s The Hundred and One Dalmatians, later adapted by Disney, was declared a classic when first published in 1956 The Starlight Barking, Dodie s own long forgotten sequel, is a thrilling new adventure for Pongo and his family As the story opens, every living creature except dogs is gripped by an enchanted sleep One of the original Dalmatian puppies, all grown up since the first novel, is now the Prime Minister s mascot Relying on her spotted parents for guidance, she assumes emergency leadership for the canine population of England Awaiting advice from Sirius, the Dog Star, dogs of every breed crowd Trafalgar Square to watch the evening skies The message they receive is a disturbing proposition, one that might forever destroy their status as man s best friend.
    The Starlight Barking By Dodie Smith Anne Johnstone Janet Grahame Johnstone

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    1. Rebecca McNutt on said:

      I m not one for dog stories, but I loved this imaginative little classic and the author s unique writing style This book is definitely a great one.

    2. Ana Rînceanu on said:

      Let s get the most important thing out of the way There is no Cruella I feel cheated.At the beginning of this sequel we find Pongo and Missus leaving their home once again so that they and their family can find out why all of the humans are in a sleep coma.The stakes feel low and I went through 60% of the book without a clue as to what s happening, so the story feels too drawn out so the climax didn t really hit as hard as it could The Pongo and Missus relationship is still stereotypical 1950s w [...]

    3. Mike on said:

      Ok, no, it s not as good not nearly as 101 Dalmations but it s still got the Dodie Smith verve of that book as well as the original characters The sci fi premise where an alien canine comes to earth to speak to the dogs of earth may sound odd at best, but this is a kids book and I think Smith was attempting to connect with the growing interest in sci fi in the 1960s when she wrote this Her ability to make the dogs come to life in so loving a manner is still firmly intact in this novel and if any [...]

    4. Megan Lane on said:

      I mean, it was cute I never read the first one, but I obviously know the story I won t be keeping my copy, because I ve been trying to get rid of any kid chapter books I won t want my future kids to read Not that there s a specific reason for them not to read this I just didn t feel like it would be particularly edifying or constructive to them And it was a little weird.A weird thing that I actually did like about it, was that Pongo and Missis represent a really good picture of marriage Lol She [...]

    5. Kimberly on said:

      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 [...]

    6. Nikki on said:

      Dodie Smith s writing is always rather fun, but The Starlight Barking does suffer when taken as a sequel to A Hundred and One Dalmatians The topic is such a contrast instead of the anthropomorphic but somehow believable concept of two dogs going off to find their pups, who have been dognapped to be used to make fur coats, now we have something that is pretty sci fi ish in nature, with a Moral snuck in about humans fighting and maybe even trying to destroy the world It just doesn t really work wi [...]

    7. Taylor on said:

      This book is certainly fun, though it lacks the spark that made One Hundred and One Dalmatians great Side note If you think that story is merely a Disney movie, think again Go to the library and check it out It s such a great book and a wonderful read aloud Dodie Smith certainly spins wonderful tales of the world that dogs inhabit I am very much looking forward to reading these with Arthur one day soon.

    8. Army of Penguins on said:

      A rather poor sequel to The Hundred and One Dalmatians Yes, we get to meet all the charming and slightly eccentric characters of the first book again and yes, the character interaction and silliness is easily on par with the first book, but when it comes to the plot oh boy It s a fun book and offers quite a few chuckles, but it quickly made me go Riiiiiiight SPOILERS FROM HERE First, the obvious plot issues While the first book was mostly realistic granting dogs just enough intelligence and skil [...]

    9. ^ on said:

      Barking mad as I m sure other bookworms will have already recorded The premise of the plot of this book is decidedly bizarre as if Mrs Smith was on an acid high at the time 1967 However, in the light of the wonderful One Hundred and One Dalmatians, I prefer to think delude myself that fault lies with the erring and unnamed editor at William Heinemann whose imagination was no doubt entirely caught up in the Space Race, science fiction, and should instead have taken out and shot at dawn as a lesso [...]

    10. Kelsey Broering on said:

      I rate this book a 7 out of 10 I rated it a 7 out of 10 because it gets really confusing who is who but it is a really good book but it does get really confusing.I would recommended this book to teenagers or adults who can understand who is who and likes the 100 dalmatians.This book is about the mother and father of the 100 dalmatians and how Mrs Dearly isn t waking up Since Mrs Dearly doesn t wake up they go to London to the king of dogs They go to see the king to have him wake up Mrs Dearly Th [...]

    11. Caroline on said:

      .Sequel to One Hundred and One Dalmations, but rather different in character More magical and with a sense of the sublime More awe inspiring Much, much less exciting and charming than the first book.

    12. Emily on said:

      I read this sequel to 101 Dalmations several times in my childhood, and calmly accepted the author s choice to veer into science fiction As an adult though, I m less biddable, and find the premise of this book which I can t describe with being spoiler ish just too weird.

    13. Shahrun on said:

      I m rather sorry I bothered with this one This is a proper weird little book It s kind of a bible story fable type thing and part political moral lesson Very bizarre Considering the whole book was magical themed, for me there was no magic or joy in reading it Rather disappointing as I recently read and enjoyed The Hundred and One Dalmatians What was the author thinking Maybe I m just too old to appreciate it

    14. Sarah on said:

      A friend loaned this to me as a joke It s a slightly bizarre continuation of the adventures of 101 Dalmatians and, at times, a bit surreal I can t decide if it w meant as a children s book or not.

    15. Drew Graham on said:

      Apparently the author of The Hundred and One Dalmatians wrote a sequel some 12 years later, which has been largely forgotten by the public, but I recently learned of its existence when I was picking up Dodie Smith s first Dalmatian book at the library, and thought it might be fun to have a double feature That seems to have been a poor decision While the first book is charming and exciting, a delightful animal rescue story about family and courage and becoming than you think you are, the sequel [...]

    16. Katrina on said:

      Despite growing up with a deep love for 101 Dalmatians the book, of course, and the animated Disney film certainly not the miserable excuse for a live action version , I d never previously read the sequel Recently, I picked up a nice first edition in a local bookstore but immediately got discouraged by all the negative reviews I found when I skimmed online I m apparently a different sort of audience, because I thought this book was delightful.It s a departure from the original book in some ways, [...]

    17. Seonaid on said:

      Mild spoiler in the first paragraph.Set over a period of 24 hours, The Starlight Barking details the somewhat bizarre but still entertaining further adventures of Pongo, Missis and their now grown up children, about a year after the end of A Hundred and One Dalmatians Everything on earth is fast asleep except the dogs, who discover they have new metaphysical powers, such as the ability to hear each other s thoughts and swoosh above the ground Pongo and Missis and all the previous animal characte [...]

    18. Niko Ramsey on said:

      I certainly won t be the first to say that this book, the sequel to the much beloved original, is than a little bit odd The first book, while it did feature talking sort of dogs, made sense in our world as we knew it There was nothing magical or mystical, and the characters couldn t communicate with humans other than Tommy, which made it totally plausible This one, however, floats a doozy of a plot that the dog star has put all the beings of earth to sleep besides dogs, and gives them a chance [...]

    19. Robert Bone on said:

      Such a letdown, if I am really honest.I loved the original novel because of its charm, and yes, this novel does as well the British way of viewing the world comes through in the dialogue, and gives such a insight on the views of several themes not of the dogs, but of the society at the time Even so, every dog is individual, and what I loved is that everyone was believable yes, they are talking dogs, but it was really believable This book just took all of that and threw it out the window Yes, the [...]

    20. Martyn on said:

      A really enjoyable book It probably isn t what any first time reader would ever expect for a sequel to A Hundred and One Dalmatians, which is probably why so many people give it a negative review It has a completely different feel But it s a charming book, full of atmosphere, and with a surprising amount of feel good factor towards the end A very pleasant and satisfying way to read away one s time It s possibly better when read the second time when your preconceptions have changed, when you can [...]

    21. Nabilla on said:

      One of the weirdest books I ve ever read It s been a long time since I read it last and I m not sure I remember all the details but when a book starts with an enchanted sleep and the responsible party is a star some of the small crazy details may be best forgotten I read both The Starlight Barking and The 101 Dalmatians before seeing any of the films I m not surprised Disney went with 102 Dalmatians as a sequel to the live action film rather than trying to adapt this book I know the screen in my [...]

    22. Cristina on said:

      I d read The Starlight Barking a long time ago, and on a whim, I picked it up again recently While aimed primarily at a slightly younger audience, rereading it still provided me with the familiar feeling of nostalgia and charm that reminded me partly why I had enjoyed reading it so much the first time Despite having never read the original The Hundred and One Dalmatians, I felt that this book echoed the first in its inclusion of numerous subtle, clever quips and jokes, which still appeal to me e [...]

    23. Mark on said:

      Wow, what an odd story Not wonderful, but not horrible either For some reason when going to write a sequel to 101 Dalmations, Dodie Smith seems to have gone on a crazy mind trip of flying dogs that have been gifted with telekinesis and telepathy for one day, ultimately to include political views hidden in a children s story such as the threat of war bombs and the eventually ultimate self destruction of the human race along with the planet, and advocacy for pets in shelters which is presented as [...]

    24. Laura on said:

      I really enjoyed this it was a quick read and really lighthearted which is all you sometimes need Having reading this book directly after reading the original The Hundred And One Dalmations I found the story line amusing, what you ve got to remember is that this book was published for young children so whereas for older readers may find the plot far fetched for a young child it would be entertaining and they may feel that it could actually take place Personally I love the idea that dogs can be s [...]

    25. Chris on said:

      What an odd little book this is It is a trippy acid trip that takes the charming characters from The 101 Dalmations and throws it into a weird sort of science fictiony dream fantasy featuring hovering, telepathic dogs coming to terms with a friendly ultimatum being offered by a benign but lonely star that wishes to save them from the impending nuclear war it fears humans will unleash on planet Earth The dogs pluckiness and downright British properness are the sole saving factors of this book the [...]

    26. Jacqueline on said:

      I came across this at either a school fun fair way back in grade school Not knowing that it was a sequel and only being vaguely acquainted with The One Hundred and One Dalmatians, which I then thought was only a Disney movie, I picked the book because I loved the title and the cover I remember really liking the story a lot, though it s never made me want to find the first book to read It did, however, make Dalmatians my favourite dog breed for a few years I think I m going to have to dig up my c [...]

    27. Amanda on said:

      A disappointing sequelI loved 101 Dalmatians the book the cartoon Disney adaption, though it differs from the book in many ways , and was excited to find out there was sequel Unfortunately, the book is basically just one big disappointment Sure you have the same characters, but it s very mystical filled with telepathy and being able to do things because you think them The plot felt very contrived and I spent the book going really I enjoy a good fantasy book, but this didn t fit I bought this boo [...]

    28. Felicity on said:

      This is the sequel to The Hundred and One Dalmations It s completely different and a bit sci fi but I actually enjoyed it The characters are the same as ever but I wanted some baddies The story keeps you intrigued and some of the things the dogs come up with made me laugh I would have given it 3.5 stars as it s not as good as the first one but you certainly can t accuse Dodie Smith of writing a sequel similar to the first book

    29. Castiron on said:

      A sequel to 101 Dalmatians, in which our intrepid canines wake up one morning to discover that dogs are the only creatures awake in the world I liked a lot of things about this story particularly Cadpig as the Prime Minister s dog , but I found the message decidedly heavy handed and Sirius no, not that Sirius, you silly Harry Potter reader frankly creepy, and the plot falls rather flat at the end I m glad I read it, but I m also glad I checked it out from the library.

    30. Lara on said:

      This sequel to 101 Dalmations was written some time later, in 1967 It is a mystery than an adventure story This book does not quite have the charm of the original, with an underlying sense of forboding throughout the story But it has its moments that remind us that dogs are man s best friend, and hint at the fact that there is to life than a simple existence Not a book I d say you must have in your collection, but one that I ll keep in mine.

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