One of this year’s World Book Day books is ‘Cruella and Cadpig’, a follow-up to Peter Bentley and Steven Lenton’s wonderful adaptation of Dodie Smith’s original.
Cadpig is in the park, playing hide-and-seek with all the other puppies, when she gets lost. Spotted by Cruella de Vil, she stumbles on some new friends who come up with a clever plan to help her escape…
I chose this as one of the books to read during my story share sessions as I knew both the illustrations and the story would appeal, no matter what the age of the children who came. Steven’s bright, colourful illustrations are a complete joy- full of delightful details and oodles of character! Those who came to share the story loved it and enjoyed cheering Cadpig on as she evaded the clutches of the evil Cruella.
With its colourful conclusion seeing Cadpig safely back with her family, this little story works well as an introduction to or as a follow-on from the original. Several of the children who came were keen to read Peter and Steven’s first book which delighted me!
You can read our review of The Hundred and One Dalmatians here.
I hope there are more stories about Cadpig and her siblings soon!
Cruella and Cadpig Peter Bently, illustrated by Steven Lenton
Egmont ISBN: 978-1405294379