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    Hairy Maclary is a bouncy, scruffy and mischievous dog whose cheeky adventures with his lovable animal friends (and enemies!) enrapture toddlers, pre-schoolers and their parents. Written and illustrated by award-winning Australian author Lynley Dodd, this series of twenty picture books has been around for thirty five years and is still going strong.
     
    The success of the books lies in the wonderful, sing-song rhythm and verse along with the vivid illustrations of dogs and cats. The clever rhymes and colourful language make these books a joy to read aloud with lines like “Hairy Maclary felt bumptious and bustly, bossy and bouncy and frisky and hustly" and the rhythm and repetition encourages children to join in too.
     
    In each book, we meet Hairy Maclary’s friends: dogs of all shapes and sizes with wonderful names - “Bottomley Potts covered in spots”, “Hercules Morse as big as a horse” and “Schnitzel von Krumm with a very low tum”, as well as cats for him to chase including the equally mischievous Slinky Malinki and his arch-enemy, the bullying tom cat Scarface Claw.
    Some of these favourites take centre stage in their own books such as Schnitzel von Krumm, Dogs Never Climb Trees, meaning there is plenty to discover for fans of the dimunitive dog and his friends.
     
    Little ones aged 2-5 are sure to love these books. You can read them in any order but Book 1 – Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy – is a great place to start and meet the gang of wacky animal friends.

    Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy (1983)
    Hairy Maclary’s Bone (1984)
    Hairy Maclary Scattercat (1985)
    Hairy Maclary’s Caterwaul Caper (1987)
    Hairy Maclary’s Rumpus at the Vet (1989)
    Slinki Malinki (1990)
    Hairy Maclary’s Showbusiness (1991)
    Slinky Malinki Open the Door (1991)
    Schnitzel von Krumm’s Basketwork (1994)
    Hairy Maclary, Sit (1997)
    Slinky Malinki Catflaps (1998)
    Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack (1999)
    Scarface Claw (2001)
    Schnitzel von Krumm: Dogs never climb trees (2002)
    Zachary Quack Minimonster (2005)
    Slinky Malinki’s Christmas Crackers (2006)
    Hairy Maclary’s Hat Tricks (2007)
    Hairy Maclary, Shoo (2009)
    Slinky Malinki, Early Bird (2012)
    Scarface Claw, Hold Tight (2019)

    Book 1
    Book 1

    Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy

    The classic story in a new, larger format. Hairy Maclary goes off for a walk with a few of his friends - and comes up ag... More

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    Book 3
    Book 3

    Hairy Maclary Scattercat

    "Hairy Maclary felt bumptious and bustly, bossy and bouncy and frisky and hustly" Hairy Maclary, everyone's favour... More

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    Book 4
    Book 4

    Hairy Maclary's Caterwaul Caper

    "They sniffed and they snuffled, they bustled around, and they saw WHAT was making the terrible sound." Scarface C... More

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    Book 5
    Book 5

    Hairy Maclary's Rumpus At The Vet

    Hairy Maclary's Rumpus at the Vet is a hilarious rhyming story by Lynley Dodd. "Sniffles and snuffles and doses... More

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    Book 6
    Book 6

    Slinky Malinki

    Slinky Malinki steals anything from a clothes peg, to a slipper, to a string of sausages, to a clock! Our hero is a BAD ... More

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    Book 7
    Book 7

    Hairy Maclary's Showbusiness

    "In Riverside Hall on Cabbage Tree Row, the Cat Club were having their Annual Show . . ." When Hairy Maclary bounce... More

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    Book 8
    Book 8

    Slinky Malinki, Open the Door

    When Slinky Malinki and Stickybeak Sid are left in the house on their own, they cause absolute mayhem by opening all the... More

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    Book 9
    Book 9

    Schnitzel Von Krumm's Basketwork

    Sausage dog, Schnitzel von Krumm, is outraged when his family decides to replace his worn out, beaten up old basket. The... More

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    Book 10
    Book 10

    Hairy Maclary, Sit

    Hairy Maclary, Sit is a hilarious rhyming story by Lynley Dodd. Hairy Maclary causes trouble again when he is s... More

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    Book 11
    Book 11

    Slinky Malinki Catflaps

    Slinky Malinki Catflaps is a hilarious rhyming story by Lynley Dodd. Slinky Malinki wakes from a cosy sleep, st... More

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    Book 12
    Book 12

    Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack

    Hairy Maclary' and Zachary Quack is a hilarious rhyming story by Lynley Dodd. Zachary Quack, a small and determ... More

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    Book 13
    Book 13

    Scarface Claw

    Scarface Claw is a hilarious rhyming story by Lynley Dodd. Big, bullying tom cat, Scarface Claw, Hairy Maclary'... More

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    Book 14
    Book 14

    Schnitzel Von Krumm, Dogs Never Climb Trees

    A new paperback edition of the story about everyone's favourite dog, Schnitzel von Krumm, from everyone's favourite auth... More

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    Book 15
    Book 15

    Zachary Quack Minimonster

    Zachary Quack is back! The irrepressible little duckling is starring in his own story and is more pittery-pattery, skitt... More

    (1 review)
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    Book 16
    Book 16

    Slinky Malinki's Christmas Crackers

    Slinky Malinki's Christmas Crackers is a hilarious rhyming story by Lynley Dodd. 'Christmas was coming. Out cam... More

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    Book 17
    Book 17

    Hairy Maclary's Hat Tricks

    Hairy Maclary's Hat Tricks is a hilarious rhyming story by Lynley Dodd. It's a blusterous, gusterous, dusterous... More

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    Book 18
    Book 18

    Hairy Maclary, Shoo

    Hairy Maclary, Shoo is a hilarious rhyming story by Lynley Dodd. 'Stop this shemozzle, this hullabaloo! Scarper... More

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    Book 19
    Book 19

    Slinky Malinki Early Bird

    A brand new story in verse about mischievous Slinky Malinki from the author of Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy. Lyn... More

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    Book 20
    Book 20

    Where is Hairy Maclary?

    This is a lift-the-flap, hide-and-seek board book featuring Lynley Dodd's favourite canine characters. Where is Hairy Ma... More

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    Book 21
    Book 21

    Scarface Claw, Hold Tight

    What a peaceful morning! The sun is out and Scarface Claw is busy doing what a cat does best - he's lazing around in a... More

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