Reviewed by: Mojomums Kelly
What they say: Known for bringing classic tales to life with illustrations, The Folio Society has released a beautifully illustrated edition of The Hundred and One Dalmatians by British author Dodie Smith.
This superb edition is introduced by former Children’s Laureate Jacqueline Wilson, who explains how The Hundred and One Dalmatians won her heart when she first read it as a child, and why it has gone on to do the same for generations of children since its first publication more than 60 years ago.
Sara Ogilvie’s charismatic duotone illustrations heighten both the fun and energy of the story. Her Cruella is a perfect mix of the frightening and the ridiculous, and each doggy character is alive with individual personality: the mischievous Roly Poly, the tenacious Cadpig, and the adept Colonel, the sheepdog who is a ‘perfect master of strategy’. Endpapers inspired by a design from the first edition illustrate ‘The Twilight Barking’, Smith’s take on the canine evening news, and the binding design shows a pack of Dalmatians on the run while a haughty Cruella de Vil, decked out in her ‘absolutely simple white mink cloak’, sneers out from the spine. The slipcase, printed with signature Dalmatian spots, rounds off this joyful collector’s edition.
What we say: “This book is simply beautiful; a classic story, perfect for all ages (I’ve really enjoyed re-reading it to my children) and the images make it simply perfect.
The pictures really help to bring the story to life…
Having looked at the other choices available from The Folio Society, I think they make a wonderful gift for a first birthday, Christening gift or even gift for a baby shower.
I have my eye on Winnie-the-Pooh next…
A wonderful collection of beautiful books and a great way to bring some classic stories to a new generation.”
The Folio Society edition of The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith, introduced by Jacqueline Wilson and illustrated by Sara Ogilvie, is available exclusively from www.foliosociety.com