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

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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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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
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.
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
Army of Penguins
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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
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
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
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.

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.
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
Niko Ramsey
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Drew Graham
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
Kris at Book Wishes
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.
Not quite as good as 101 Dalmatians, but still an excellent book! I just reread this and it's a short read - I finished it in a couple of hours. It's a fun story and reintroduces you to your favorite characters from the first book. A great read for kids!
I read this book in one day. It is simple and sweet, and a nice change from all the long books I have been reading lately. I would recommend it for young readers and those who like to just dip into the world of books without getting swallowed.
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
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A very weird sequel to 101 Dalmatians, that takes place across a day in which every creature is asleep except dogs, who can 'swoosh' through the air and communicate with a star. Ok...
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
No buttered toast in this one, so not quite as good or indeed comfortable as its predecessor
Sonia-Doris Andras
I love this! A great story, the first time I read it, and even now when I read it again and again.
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
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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
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
Hal Johnson
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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.
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.
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.
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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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