Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy

August 26, 2010 at 11:47 | Posted in books | Leave a comment
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One of the joys of fatherhood is being able to read books together with my daughter, and this book from Lynley Dodd is absolutely charming.

The pictures are simple enough to capture the interest of a six month old, yet interesting enough to engage an adult; they are beautifully drawn with some real touches of humour.

The words have a repetitive, lilting rhythm with rhymes and alliterations that makes it fun to read out loud. There are some real surprises in the story too, which adds to the emjoyment.

We all love this book, and read it often. Indeed, I can now recite if off by heart. And there’s the added amusement that ‘Hercules Morse’ looks just like my friend Dave.

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