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About the Author

Born in Lancashire in 1896, Dorothy Gladys "Dodie" Smith was the most successful female dramtist of her generation; and her first novel, I Capture the Castle (Atlantic-Little, Brown, 1948). Dodie Smith died in 1990.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Series: Wyatt Book
  • Paperback: 147 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (August 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312156642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312156640
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #925,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 1997
Format: Paperback
For those of you who loved Pongo, Misses, Perdita, Prince, and the rest of the Dalmation gang of the original book, this sequel is a welcome journey back to the "Dalmation Plantation" once known as Hell Hall.

More science fiction in nature than the original, The Starlight Barking takes place a year or two after the original. The fifteen pupies have grown up, with the Cadpig even taking the Prime Minister as her "pet". It's been a tranquil time for Pongo and his Misses. Tranquil, that is, until one morning when their pets fail to wake up, doors open on their own for the dogs, and they even find that they can fly.

Their search for answers take them to Number 10 Downing Street where Prime Minister Cadpig and Pongo, along with all dogdom, receive a message from across space. It is Siruis, the Dog Star, who has come to offer the canines of Earth an eternity of Bliss if only they will come with him, leaving Earth and humankind behind.

The dogs' loyalty is put to the test. Will they leave man and Earth forever, dooming humans to a world without dogs? Or will they remain and live in a world filled with cruelty and the possibility of nuclear war?

The Starlight Barking doesn't quite live up to the original, but still makes for a good yarn. Most of the elements of a good story are there, and it is nice to see some of the characters expanded upon from 101 Dalmations, including Cadpig and Roly Poly.

I read this book in a single day, and was left with the wish that Dodie Smith would again write another sequel.

I would definately recommend this book for those of you who liked the original.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
This was an amazing book. When I first started reading it, I wondered about some changes in the story compared to Disney's Movie. I think it was not good for Disney to change the story, and love the Starlight Barking much better than Disney's sequel, 102 Dalmations. It was cool to see that dogs could fly, open doors, and talk long-distance (with out paying extra!) I love this fantisy, but I think that Sirus should have let them have one special day like this every year and get to visit them. I certanly wouldn't mind sleeping in so that dogs could have fun. Once I dreamed that there were 20 books in the series, and that me and my friend tried to buy them all. I wish there really were 20 books.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michele L. Worley on January 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
This sequel to THE 101 DALMATIANS is somewhat different from its predecessor. In THE 101 DALMATIANS, the dogs (give or take their varying talents for understanding human speech and even writing) had the limitations of real dogs - they had a great deal of difficulty in communicating complicated ideas to humans, they were hampered by the lack of hands to open doors, and so on. In other words, while the first book had dogs who understood everything that was going on, it wasn't exactly a fantasy.

Here, the first thing that happens on the fine summer day on which the story begins, when Pongo and Missis wake in their human pets' room at Hell Hall, is that they begin learning that a lot of their normal limitations have mysteriously vanished. None of the dogs are hungry (amazing in itself with so many young mothers and puppies on the premises), doors and gates mysteriously open whenever the dogs need to get into or out of a place, and they can move much faster than usual. But these changes are accompanied by frightening events - the Dearlys and even the Persian cats are sleeping normally and even smiling in their sleep, but will not wake.

Pongo meets with the General (formerly a Colonel), who as a working sheepdog on a nearby farm is very practiced at organization and strategy, to find that the unbreakable sleep seems to have affected *all* living creatures other than dogs. They are soon contacted by Cadpig, the youngest of the Pongos' first litter, who alone chose to get a pet of her own - by tagging along on one of Mr. Dearly's consultations with the government to help deal with the national debt, she got her dearest wish of being on television by becoming the Prime Minister's pet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By octobercountry on August 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
A couple of weeks ago I finally read "The Starlight Barking" by Dodie Smith. "101 Dalmations" was a huge favourite of mine when I was young, but I never even knew the book had a sequel until a few years ago---and have only now gotten around to reading the sequel.

I read "101 Dalmations" over and over again when I was a kid; I just loved that book. Heck, I also enjoyed the Disney animated version of the story, though I was sorry the plot deviated from the novel so much. (The less said about the more recent live-action film version of 101 Dalmations, the better. Man, whose idiotic idea was it for the dogs NOT to talk in the film? Glenn Close was a lot of fun to watch as Cruella DeVil, but other than that, I thought the film was a disaster.)

So, I certainly was pre-disposed to enjoy "The Starlight Barking." However.... I'm not sure what to say about it. It seemed very short compared to the original book, but it's been quite some time since I read the original, so perhaps they're not all that different in page count. The two books certainly are different in content, however. Apart from the conceit that dogs and other animals can all talk to one another in a sort of animal language that humans don't understand, the original book is a straightforward mystery/adventure story. The sequel, on the other hand, is the wildest sort of fantasy. I think I can allow a slight spoiler here and say that the dogs learn very early in the story that they can fly. This really wasn't what I was expecting from the book, I suppose! But more than that, somehow I didn't find the plot all that engaging. Plus, from a logical point of view, I did have a problem with the ending, which I can't really discuss without giving the whole thing away.

The entire book certainly was odd.
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