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Tuesday 5 September 2017

Review: Hairy Maclary and Friends Little Library

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy was first introduced to readers 34 years ago. Since then generations of kids have read and listened in rapture to his tales and those of his friends.

Now Hairy Maclary and three friends are presented in four miniature board books nestled in a delightful red slip case. This is an ideal selection aimed to introduce Lynley Dodd’s books and characters to another generation of preschoolers. 

The sturdy board books are the perfect size for tiny hands, and a feast for the eye in vivid colours of red, green, yellow and purple. (An opportunity to teach them colours as well.)Hairy Maclary, Slinky Malinki, Zachary Quack and Schnitzel von Krumm come crammed in joyous togetherness in this boxed set.

Continually being reinvented, this group of animal friends with quirky names and daring adventures come alive again. Minimal words accompany five illustrations that capture snaps of animal activity across the page. I imagine that more of these miniature collections will follow till all the characters are covered. The set or a single book, will sit beautifully on a little person’s bedside table, dresser, bookcase, in a book bag, under a pillow, and particularly in little pockets.

Title: Hairy Maclary and Friends Little Library
Author/Illustrator: Lynley Dodd
Publisher: Penguin Random House, $12.99
Publication Date: August 2017
Format: Slip Case Hardcover
ISBN: 9780143771326
For ages: 2+
Type: Picture Book