A rollick about a shaggy Skye terrier, and his five doggy friends, who set off for a walk together. There’s lots of repetition and rhyme, and everything bounces along very happily until Hairy Maclary and his mates meet:
Scarface Claw, the toughest tom in town.
Scarface Claw greets the dogs with the most appalling “EEEEEOWWWFFTZ!” I got better and better at the scary cat noises as the years went by, until the girls and I started to worry our own pussy, not to mention their dad. In the story, the dogs are all terrified, and they race home.
That’s all there is to the story. It’s very short, just 250 or so words, but it’s just the right length for littlies, and very satisfying. The illustrations are excellent. Like good portraits, they are not strictly accurate, but they seem to capture the essence of each of the dog types, and they have a vivid sense of motion. This book has was well-loved in our house; we went through several copies. And along with several hundred thousand other parents in New Zealand, I know this book by heart.
*For my non-New Zealand readers, a dairy is a small corner store, selling milk and bread and snack food and some grocery items.