Wednesday, 20 November 2013

We Like to Read - Hairy MacLary From Donaldson's Dairy

Reading has always played an important part in how we raise our children.  We have always read a book to Biscuit at bedtime, now she's a little older she reads her school book to us, then as a reward we read to her.

Wiggles has reached that lovely age where she can hold her own beaker of milk at night, which means we can start to introduce her to the joy of bedtime stories.  

One of the things I really enjoy about having a second child is reusing, rediscovering and enjoying old favourites. All Wiggles' books once belonged to Biscuit and hold some very happy memories. 

One of their favourites is/was Hairy MacLary from Donaldson's Dairy by Lynley Dodd. 

The book describes a trip headed by the super fluffy Hairy MacLary, followed by his doggy chums who all have excellent rhyming monikers including such wonders as Schnitzel Von Krumm with a very low tum. Their trip (we never find out what they were planning) is eventually cut short when they happen across Scarface Claw, the toughest tom in town, at which point they all, quite rightly, scarper! 

Wiggles loves Scarface Claw, it's her favourite part. She often waddles off to find the book during the day, opens it at the picture of Scarface Claw, waggles it in my face and declares "RARRRRR!" In a concerted effort to scare me witless!! 

I'm happily linking this post up with Fritha's lovely series "We Love to Read" over on her blog; Tigerlilly Quinn, for the first time. Do click the icon below for more information.


Have you ever read any of the Hairy MacLary series? I'd love to hear your thoughts....

Love, love,


  1. I love the hairy Maclary series, the words and the pictures always make me laugh.

    1. It's so sweet isn't it? Thank you for stopping by Jenni, and thank you so much for following ;)

  2. My 2 are 12 and 19 and we still quote Hairy MacLary and categorise passing dogs in line with the characters. Lovely books, so easy and enjoyable to read aloud.

    1. Biscuit has just started reading it at school as an example of rhymic language. I barely have to read it now, she knows all the words! I hope it stays with us in the same way it has five for you& yours, Caz :) xx

  3. Hairy Mclary is definitely one of our favourite series too!

  4. these books are such classics! Wilf loves them too :) x

  5. I hadn't heard of these books before but they look great! Love the picture of the cat and it being used to scare you ;-)


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