All 10 books featuring the beloved Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy!
Each story features the intrepid little terrier and his friends, all have rhyming names.
“Schnitzel von Krumm
with a very low tum,
all skinny and bony,
like a bundle of hay,
covered in spots,
as big as a horse
and Hairy Maclary
from Donaldson’s Dairy”
The plots are simple and involve Hairy and his friends in adventurous scenarios. They often are pitched against local cats, who are led by Scarface Claw, the toughest tom in town.
The pictures have more detail than is described in the text and is full of easily recognisable items. The story is told in brief words that are descriptive while having a rhythm that make them easy to read for little kids and ESOL learners. The repetitions permit a young child to anticipate what is coming next, and repeat the words.
There is a CD included that features all the 10 stories read out loud. Lynley Dodds introduces each story with an entertaining account of how it began and the introduction in the book shares how the Hairy Maclary became a book.
The only concern about this book is its hardcover and could be too big and heavy to hold long, especially for children.
I loved reading this, as at 36 I was a bit too old to discover Hairy Maclary when the first book came out in 1983. I do remember Slinki Malinki though and possess a copy of ‘My Cat Likes To Hide In Boxes’! I highly recommend you buy a copy; children will love the read—along CD and Hairy Maclary is a kiwi classic.
Supplied by Penguin Random House New Zealand
Reviewed by Jan