Review of Hairy Maclary Treasury: The Complete Adventures of Hairy Maclary – Lynley Dodds

Posted: October 4, 2015 in children, picture book, Review

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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,
Bitzer Maloney
all skinny and bony,
Muffin McClay
like a bundle of hay,
Bottomley Potts
covered in spots,
Hercules Morse
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


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