Hairy Maclary's Rumpus At The Vet
My children are huge fans of the Hairy MaClary story and this tale of his chaos-ridden trip to the vets is one of their favourites. The story is straight-forward and easy to follow; it begins in the vets waiting room and the drama that ensues is a snowball effect started off by a mischievous bird...!
The story is told in rhymes so it's a pure joy to read out loud; there's lots of room for being extra expressive due to the content of the tale so it's a really fun one to share - I find it's a great one to entice them when they're feeling lively! The story itself is very funny and has the pair of them giggling like mad throughout. The ending is fab and leaves both kids laughing with their imagination whirring at full speed.
The language and vocabulary are more appropriate for older pre-schoolers but that said I've read these to my kids since being very young toddlers and they have always enjoyed them. I have noticed that the older they get the more they understand the humour and find value in it but I wouldn't be put off reading them to the very young, thanks to accompanying pictures. Not to mention the variety in the vocabulary makes it a great way of exposing them to less common words (like Rumpus for a start!)
The illustrations are gorgeous; they're very charming and lovely to examine. They are evocative and depict the feeling of the story very well. They complement the text and allow even very young children or those with limited receptive language to get the gist of what's going on. Both children like to pour over them and take a lot of pleasure in talking round them amongst themselves - especially to guess or relive what comes next.
The Hairy Maclary series is great; we visit it frequently and Hairy MaClary himself has even become the star of some of their games, inspired by what they have heard in his stories! We highly recommend this riotous romp; it's great fun and abundant with havoc! A must for any child.