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An outstanding picture book for small children
on 25 March 2005
My children and I are big Hairy Maclary fans, and I love most of the stories. This one is a particular favourite as it is so wonderfully evocative of a lazy summery afternoon. Hairy Maclary just wants to doze in the warm sun but a rather perky little duckling, Zachary Quack, follows him persistently because he wants him to play. This makes me smile as it reminds
me all too much of a younger child following an older one (or following a parent desperate for five minutes peace and quiet). Then Zachary Quack turns out to be a true friend when Hairy Maclary gets himself stuck in the river and the ending is a happy warm surprise. As with the majority of Lynley Dodds' stories, the language she uses is wonderful: pittery pattery, footle and frolic, skeddadles etc. There's lots of strikingly unusual vocabulary which makes me smile, my children enjoy it and pick up and use in no time, and it is used with great flair in her rhythmical rhyming text. Outstanding.