Author(s): Dodie Smith
'Horrid little beasts. I shall like you so much better when you're skins instead of pups.' Cruella de Vil is enough to frighten the spots off a Dalmatian pup. But when she steals a whole family of them, the puppies' parents, Pongo and Missus, lose no time in mounting a daring rescue mission. Will they be in time to thwart Cruella's evil scheme, or have they bitten off more than they can chew?
Dorothy 'Dodie' Smith was born in 1896. She entered the Academy of Dramatic Art in 1914 and, after a period of time as an actress, she wrote her first play, Autumn Crocus, in 1931. Its success led to her making a name as a playwright, before moving to the United States with her husband during the 1940s. It was here that she began writing novels, including her first - I Capture the Castle - in 1948, and her best-known and best-loved work, The Hundred and One Dalmatians, in 1956.