Hairy Maclary’s Caterwaul Caper

There had to be at least one book by Lynley Dodd in my contribution to New Zealand Book Month.

It could have been any or all of them, but I chose Hairy Maclary’s Caterwaul Caper partly because Deborah and Rob have already posted on other titles, and mostly because – like all of the others – it’s a delight to read.

Hairy Maclary and his friends, Hercules Morse,  Bottomley Potts, Muffin McLay, Bitzer Maloney and Schnitzel von Krumm, Scarface Claw and Miss Plum play a rhyming rhythmy role in this rollicking tale.

That this is the only author which all of us doing the post a day challenge have posted on says a lot about Lynley Dodd and her books.

Wonderful words and fantastic pictures – the author does her own illustrations – make this one of those books I didn’t mind reading again and again and again.

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Post 21 in the post a day for New Zealand Book Month challenge.

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Over at In A Strange Land Deborah is celebrating Pohutukawa, written and illustrated by Sandra Morris. 

P.S. If you’re a Lynley Dodd/Hairy Maclary fan you might want to test your memory with the Hairy Maclary quiz. I managed only 22/32 the first time last week. I’ve done some re-reading since then and managed 28 last night.

3 Responses to Hairy Maclary’s Caterwaul Caper

  1. alex Masterley says:

    Not bad. I only read 2 or 3 of the books a week to my lads.
    My wife has memorised the books so would do better.


  2. Also 26/32, but we only have the two bundled books: the set of cat stories and the set of Hairy McLairy stories. Great stuff. Friends back in the States that have them don’t know they’re Kiwi though!


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