Mimi has several “favourite” books. One of these is Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd, which we read before bed several times a week. Equal favourite is Scattercat, in which that naughty dog, Hairy Maclary, chases various kitties in the town, pouncing on them and chasing them, until he meets his comeuppance in the form of Scarface Claw, the toughest Tom in town! Mimi also loves Slinki Malinki, a naughty black Oriental cat who can get up to all sorts of capers, including toppling the Christmas tree fairy.
These books are not only heaps of fun for toddlers and preschoolers: they’re lots of fun for adults who read them to an appreciative audience! The rhythm and meter of the lines encourage reading aloud and kids joining in, and the alliteration and assonance add to the interest. Then, of course, there’s the loud RAWWRRRRRR of Scarface Claw (but not too loud, though, or you’ll frighten tender ears). The illustrations are a delight: the sinuous, sleek lines of Pimpernel Pugh and Slinki Malinki, the scruffiness of the terrier-mix Hairy Maclary, and the sweet fluffiness of Zachary Quack, to mention just a few.
Jamie Lee wrote about the joy of book series. Oh, how I can relate! I am very grateful that there are a number of books that feature Mimi’s favourite book characters.
BTW, if you go to Hairy Maclary’s homepage, you can try to click on the different dogs as they jump at the fence. Woof woof!