Book Condition Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper
Size 150 pages
Publisher NY Viking Press c1957
Illustrator Illustrated by Janet & Anne Grahame-Johnstone; B&W Illustration
Seller ID 7411
Only publication date listed in book is 1957 but previous owner signature in ink on front free endpaper is dated 1971. Dust wrapper references charming b&w illustrations but this edition only has a single illustration on the title page so most likely this is a 1970's reprint. Front and rear pastedowns rippled (publishing flaws), spine ends and two corners bumped, pink binding with embossed Dalmatians illustration clean and bright. A few smudges on red painted top edge of textblock, deckled foreedges have a few tiny fingernail marks; pages clean and bright. Faintly tanned dustwrapper lightly edgeworn with a few tiny closed tears. A nice copy of a beloved childhood favourite.; The author wrote this delightful book for children but admirers of her books for adults will enjoy it too. "And no dog who can read will be able to put it down." In this tale the truth is revealed, the dogs are vastly superior to the humans, though they’re very fond of them and consider them as pets who are “gentle, obedient, and unusually intelligent – almost canine, at times”.
“Like many other much-loved humans, they believed they owned their dogs, instead of realising that their dogs owned them,” writes Smith, a dog lover herself, who owned nine Dalmatians. “Pongo and Missis found this touching and amusing and let their pets think it was true.”
Anyone who has seen the films or the play knows what happens next but we won't spoil it for anyone who has the treat of discovering this story of Pongo and Missis and the Dearly couple for the first time.; This book recommended by Alison Flood in an April 2020 article in "The Guardian". "...it’s far richer and funnier than the films. When I went back to it recently – favourites from my childhood seem to be what I need to read right now – I was entirely entranced by it, once again." Images are of actual copy on offer.
British Woman Author, Dogs, Film tie-in, Movie, London