Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy

Written by Lynley Dodd
Illustrated by Lynley Dodd
First published by Mallinson Rendel, 1983

Reissued by Puffin, 2005
ISBN: 978 0 140 50531 3

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This is Hairy Maclary’s first adventure by Lynley Dodd. It describes a little black Scottish Terrier’s walk from his home at Donaldson’s Dairy through a small town one morning. Along the way he picks up his doggy friends from their houses – Hercules Morse, Bottomley Potts, Muffin McLay, Bitzer Maloney and Schnitzel von Krumm. Illustrations show New Zealand house scenes, with fences, gardens and letterboxes all representing New Zealand living. The text is simple and rhythmical with inbuilt rhyme, making it suitable and enjoyable for younger audiences.

Summary written by Marion McKoy

Book cover used with permission of publisher