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Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy

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Hairy Maclary goes off for a walk in town, followed by a few friends. All is uneventful until they meet Scarface Claw, the toughest tom in town, and run for home. The story is told by a brilliant, cumulative rhyming text and terrific pictures.

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9780670913503
  • ISBN: 9780670913503
  • Pub Date: 4th July 2002
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Other
  • Number of Pages: 36

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This is Book 1 in the Hairy Maclary and Friends Series. See all Hairy Maclary and Friends books here.

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8th January '17
I read it to RCHogan aged 2 aged 2 & to AIHogan aged 1 aged 1
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy 9780670913503
5 stars
This is brilliant story about a little dog called Hairy Maclary. He goes fo a walk and is joined one by one by his friends. They are all enjoying their jaunty trot out until Scarface Claw appears with a horrible meow and sends them all running for home.

My toddlers love this book; they both adore dogs, which perhaps helps! That said there is no escaping the sheer charm and sweetness of it, regardless of your feelings on canines. They particularly love joining in with Scarface's meow and the final page with Hairy Maclary hiding in bed. They get very excited as the dogs are running away as I try to read it quite fast.

The illustrations are great; they ooze character and capture my children's attention straight away. They like examining the pictures themselves - which is helped by the fact the book is fairly small so they can handle it easily.

I love the rhyming text; it has great rhythm so it's a joy to read out loud. I love the constant repetition as the book goes on; adding another dog to the list until we have a little pack to remember! The names are great; very inventive and match the types of dogs superbly!

There is lots of longevity in this book; they will still be enjoying it when they are able to read themselves.

It's great fun! I highly recommend it.
15th September '16
I read it to Aaronthecooldude aged 7 aged 7 , to Little Boo aged 1 aged 1 & to Baby E aged 7 months aged 0
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy 9780670913503
5 stars
This book is great for younger kids. It's nice to read and the kids loved the illustrations and looking at the different breeds of dog. It's lovely that we have a story we can all read together.
23rd August '17
I read it to THughes14 aged 7 aged 7 , to HHughes28 aged 4 aged 4 & to PHughes22 aged 2 aged 2
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy 9780670913503
5 stars
A firm favourite in our house. We love the rhythm of this book. Hairy McClary is just wonderful alongside his collection of pals...we have since bought a whole collection of his adventures. 
9th April '16
I read it to IRE aged 4 aged 4 & to TAME aged 2 aged 2
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy 9780670913503
5 stars
Hairy Maclary is off on a walk and is joined by several of his doggy friends along the way. But what will happen when they encounter Scarface Claw the toughest Tom in town? This funny rhyming tale, is full of repetition and perfect for helping little ones develop their language skills. It is brilliantly illustrated with lots of memorable characters. It is one of my childhood favourites and I am delighted my children enjoy it too!
15th October '16
I read it to Sophie27 aged 4 aged 4
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy 9780670913503
5 stars
This is a real favourite in our house, my children have all enjoyed the story from the age of about 2 up to 5.  It is a great book to read and has a lovely rhythm and rhyming words.
6th September '16
I read it to meg aged 6 aged 6 , to archie aged 4 aged 4 & to flick aged 4 months aged 0
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy 9780670913503
5 stars
All 3 of my children enjoyed this book it captured my children from the beginning they loved looking at all the different dogs in the book. Some of the names in the book were a little bit of a tongue twister. But my 2 older children wanted the book again and again.. my little girl 4 months old loved the pictures in the book. Its a book that my children go back to again and again. 
11th July '17
I read it to Monsterjam aged 4 aged 4 & to Wilburwoo aged 1 aged 1
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy 9780670913503
5 stars
A firm favourite in our house. Simple idea for a story but well written with some lovely rhymes which my four year old loves joining in with. We've branched out into othe Hairy Maclary books now!
20th October '16
I read it to EthanPrudhomme aged 4 aged 4 & to AméliePrudhomme aged 3 aged 3
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy 9780670913503
5 stars
My kiddies love this story! Hairy Maclarey is such a cute little pup and has brilliant friends that my children love! They enjoy joining in with the cat's meow!!
2nd November '16
I read it to GeorgeMonkey aged 8 aged 8 & to HenryW aged 6 aged 6
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy 9780670913503
5 stars
All of my children have loved the Hairy Maclary books.  Short and sweet for bedtime stories but easy to read for new readers and younger children soon remember the words easily! 
7th November '16
I read it to Ragdollkhanbaby aged 4 aged 4
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy 9780670913503
5 stars
This is a tongue twister of a book but funny illustrations and great rhyming make it a favourite choice in our house, follow the adventure of Hairy Maclary and his canine friends.  Lovely bedtime book and good fun.
2nd February '18
I read it to Nathanwall aged 2 aged 2 & to Ellawall aged 5 aged 5
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy 9780670913503
5 stars
A lovely story that both my 5 year old and 1 year old love. It is easy to read and the rhyming and rhythm make it really catchy and easy for kids to join in.
17th October '16
I read it to Eloise aged 3 aged 3
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy 9780670913503
5 stars
I remember an older girl reading this to me at school and I instantly loved it! Eloise now loves it too
18th September '16
I read it to Hllatchem06 aged 3 aged 3
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy 9780670913503
5 stars
Got this book for our holiday and have to say it's simple but my son truly loves it, lovely simple story with names repeated thought out.  It's a firm favourite and he now wants to read more about Hairy Mclairy. 
25th February '18
I read it to Miss-ie-davis aged 5 aged 5
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy 9780670913503
5 stars
This is such a lovely story with unforgettable characters, we love it!
15th October '17
I read it to EadieMabel aged 4 aged 4 & to FelixRider aged 4 aged 4
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy 9780670913503
5 stars
Fabulous rhyming book about dogs with fantastic pictures to capture the childrens imaginations, is a firm favourite book in our house.
21st November '14
Read to children aged 1 & 6
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy 9780670913503
5 stars
I love the beautiful illustrations that make the children giggle and the unique use of adult and long-worded language and comical nature that makes this a classic children's book!
16th August '17
I read it to Soopa aged 2 aged 2
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy 9780670913503
4 stars
We tried reading a Hairy Maclary book some time ago after it was recommended by a friend and my daughter wasn't that interested. However we recently came across this one and it has been a hit. The basic repitition of the fun words and the funny animals and enjoyable ryhmes make this perfect for older toddlers. Scarface Claw is especially popular in our house!
2nd July '15
Read to children aged 4 & 5
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy 9780670913503
4 stars
My kids love this book the way the names rhyme makes them remember the story. It's fun and easy to read and my kids love the illustration
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