01 October 2009

Hairy Maclary, Shoo

by Lynley Dodd

ABC Books. Young Reader. Hardback rrp $21.99

We are a family of Hairy Maclary fans. Since my first born received the gift of a Hairy Maclary jigsaw, we have continued on and upwards with books and dvds. Through three children and numerous nieces and nephews.

Hairy Maclary, Shoo was spotted as soon as it arrived on my desk and I was cajoled into reading it immediately! But I didn’t mind because there is nothing better than a Hairy Maclary book for mother-son reading aloud together.

In Shoo, Hairy Maclary decides to have a look inside a delivery van. Adult and child alike, we all know what is going to happen. Yes, you guessed it. He is accidentally locked inside the van and taken on a ride through town, away from the dairy. When Hairy Maclary gets a chance to escape he finds that he doesn’t know his way home and is told “BE OFF WITH YOU – SHOO!” at every place he visits.

Of course, there is a happy ending but as is with all Hairy Maclary books, the wonderful combination of illustration and rhyme makes you read it again, and again, and again.

My number three and I had a giggle and then out came the jigsaw…Another hit!


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