Harry the Dirty Dog (Harry the Dog)

by Gene Zion

Paperback, 2006



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HarperCollins (2006), Edition: Illustrated, 32 pages


In this charming classic story, Harry runs away before bath time and plays outside until he changes into a black dog with white spots. Back home again, he must use all his wits and tricks to convince his family who he really is.

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LibraryThing member poetontheone
This dog is so stubborn though he is, of course, adorable, and in his stubbornness teaches some valuable lessons to his intended readership. The stories are charming and the illustrations are wonderfully rendered in a style that I found appealing. I will definitely share this with my kids when the
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time comes.
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LibraryThing member Shannon.Allen
I read this multiple times as a child and to my kids when they were too young to read. My youngest is now reading chapter books but brought this to me to read to her at bedtime as we snuggled and it brought back all the comforting feelings.

This is a timeless classic about a small dog who doesn't
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want to take a bath. He hides his scrub brush and goes for a walk. While he is out, he gets into as much dirt and dust as can be found. Upon his return home, his family has no idea that he is the same pup so he must try all that he can to show them who he is.

This is a good book for reading in your regular voice or with an Old American/British accent. The kids love the creativity and there are plenty of questions to be asked about each page to encourage active listening and participation in the story.

I will continue reading this book to little ones as long as they'll listen.
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LibraryThing member Galiana.Carranza
This book is perfect for children in my opinion. If a child is refusing to take a bath, read this book. I love reading books that will connect with children because at the end of the story the children might change their mind and do what you need them to do.
LibraryThing member lydia1879
This was one of my favourite books as a kid and reading it again made me feel all warm and fuzzy.

It's about a little dog named Harry who gets so dirty his coat colour changes and his owners don't recognise him. My favourite and perhaps most beloved aspect is the illustration style -- it's super
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nostalgic and reminds me of old cartoons which probably adds to the nostalgia hit.

This book has all it needs to appeal to children. Dirt, a dog, and disobeying rules. What more do you need?
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Physical description

10.6 inches


006443009X / 9780064430098
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