We have a new read-aloud, in addition to Book Two of the Ulysses Moore series. I can't decide if I want to read it myself or get the cds (on which the story is read in a charming British accent that I have no talent for mimicking), which are currently on the shelf of one of the libraries we frequent. Dodie Smith wrote The 101 Dalmatians in 1957, and it was her first work for children. Her first novel, I Capture the Castle(1948) was introduced to me a few years ago and I thoroughly enjoyed the author's style and especially her descriptive writing.
The edition of The 101 Dalmatians that we have is a recent edition with pencil-drawn illustrations by Michael Dooling. His Cruella is quite menacing-looking!