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The Starlight Barking (The Hundred and One Dalmatians #2)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  896 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
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, lavishly illustrated by the same artist team as the first book. As the story opens, every living creature except dogs is gripped by an enc ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 15th 1997 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1967)
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May 17, 2009 Taylor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, fiction
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.
Jun 10, 2009 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
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 wo ...more
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 belove
Apr 05, 2011 Nabilla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, magic
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Gerri Leen
Apr 15, 2011 Gerri Leen rated it liked it
This sequel to The 101 Dalmatians, while also charming in its way, can't even be compared to the first book. It's a fun little story, and at the time was entrancing how fantasy, sci fi and animals came together, but now doesn't quite have the bite it had then for me. But still, I raced through it, and if you're a completist, I recommend reading it.

Rated: B+
Drew Graham
Jun 16, 2015 Drew Graham rated it it was ok
Shelves: me
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 more than you think you are, the s ...more
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Apr 01, 2012 Lara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-readers
This sequel to 101 Dalmations was written some time later, in 1967. It is more 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 more 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.
Barking mad; as I’m sure other Goodreads 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 sh
May 29, 2012 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Sep 03, 2013 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 a ...more
Nov 25, 2012 M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, juvenile
It is better to consider this not a sequel to A Hundred and One Dalmations, but as its own title. Sure, the characters are connected, but the sense of fun and adventure is lacking. Also, honestly, I don't have the nostalgia factor for this book that I do for 101 Dalmations, so I think I'm reading it more critically. There is a weird sci-fi element to this story seems a bit of a cop-out and less interesting as well. There was nothing special about this book, not like its predecessor.
May 26, 2015 Caroline rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bedtime-reading, art

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.
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 ...more
Niko Ramsey
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Mar 28, 2013 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Apr 08, 2013 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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; ...more
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 more 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!
Ana Maria Rînceanu
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 1950
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Apr 17, 2014 ~Austen Nerd~ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: don-t-recommend
I read this with my 7 year old and horrible story that I thought I would place my thoughts on as to let other parents know this book even has curse words in it!(a children's book) We bought this at the second hand store for 1 dollar and that was too much to pay. Sorry but I thought the content in this book was not good.
Jan 19, 2015 Cristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
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
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
Ruth Sophia
A disappointing sequel

I 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 b
Aug 24, 2016 Martyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
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
Kelsey Broering
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. Dea
Megan Lane
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. (L
Robert Bone
Aug 19, 2016 Robert Bone rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dogs, dodie-smith
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. Y
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Born Dorothy Gladys Smith in Lancashire, England, Dodie Smith was raised in Manchester (her memoir is titled "A Childhood in Manchester"). She was just an infant when her father died, and she grew up fatherless until age 14, when her mother remarried and the family moved to London. There she studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and tried for a career as an actress, but with little success ...more
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