Dodie Smith’s classic novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians has never been directly adapted as a picture book for younger children – until now! (There are only spin-offs from the movies.) It was wonderful to be commissioned by Egmont to make this adaptation of the adventures of Pongo and Missis and a host of spotty puppies, especially in collaboration with such a brilliant and talented artist as Steven Lenton, illustrator of the Shifty McGifty series. It was interesting deciding how to turn the scarier parts of the story into something suitable for readers as young as four, and I also had to lose a few subplots and even some of my favourite minor characters. But never fear: Pongo, Missis and another 99 Dalmatians are all there, as of course is Cruella de Vil, one of the best baddies in all children’s literature. I hope I have kept the essence and spirit of the original, aided by Steven’s magnificent and stylish illustrations.
The Hundred and One Dalmatians is published in hardback on 21st September and paperback on 7th October 2017.