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Harry The Dirty Dog (Red Fox Picture Books) Paperback – 15 Oct 1992

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox; New Ed edition (15 Oct. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099978709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099978701
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 0.4 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Another funny bone tickling charmer by Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham that will make youngsters and their parents giggle.""-- The Kirkus Reviews""Harry is sure to be loved; especially by those pre-school children to whomdirt is an ever-delightful thing.""-- The New York Times" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The perfect recipe for children's picture book classic - a mischievous mutt and bathtime.

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Format: Paperback
I love this book about sneaky little Harry, who adeptly avoids having his dreaded bath. Harry goes off on an adventure and gets dirtier and dirtier until he is unrecognizable to his owners. My 4 year old really enjoys this book.
The only thing to be aware of in purchasing this particular item is that the book itself is a tiny edition. I realized this when I opened my package from Amazon. It's perfect for travelling or carrying in your purse, but if you are thinking of giving it as a gift you will seem like a cheapskate.
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Oh; this is SUCH a cute little picture story book about a little dog who hates having a bath. To avoid his latest, he has an idea, and gets into all sorts of mischief!

Children will delight in these magical and wonderful pictures of simple interpretation of dogs, animals and people. The board book, though smaller than your average, is of exceptional quality!

Just look at the faces on those characters as they look at the little dog - Harry is just SOOO cute! :-)
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This is a book I had as a child - and 30 years on it now fascinates my own child! I was thrilled to find it still in print.
Harry is a mischievous black and white dog with a number of titles that cover his antics - with great phrases that will stick with you for life 'a white dog with black spots or a black dog with white spots'. Great fun
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By bluyonda VINE VOICE on 18 Nov. 2010
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A delightful concept beautifully written by Gene Zion, enhanced with classic 1950's painted illustrations by Margaret Bloy Graham. Each page has a plain white background. The bold, black text is simple and well spaced out. The illustrations are detailed yet not cluttered, lending themselves beautifully to observational discussions. Superb for an insight in to the past and comparison with the present. For example there is a lovely picture of a steam train complete with sooty smoke cloud and a lorry delivering coal in the high street.

Harry is a little white dog with black spots. He lives with a family and runs away from home in order to avoid the inevitable 'bath'. While away he has a dogtastic time but has now changed into a black dog with white spots. Upon his return, no one recognises him. He takes matters into his own paws and resorts to an unthinkable drastic measure!

This board book edition is super sturdy. The cover has a lovely gloss finish and the internal pages a lovely silky finish. I have no doubt all would cope with a damp cloth if the need arose.

Measurements approx:~
Height 7 ½ " 19 cm
Width 5 ½ " 14 cm
Depth 3/4 " 2 cm

My little one enjoys both snuggling up to have this read and exploring the pages quietly alone. This will be an ideal paired reading book and in time solo reading. A superb purchase and lovely addition to our book shelf. We most highly recommend.
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Was so happy to find this as this was a firm favourite of mine when I was little back in the early 80s. It was so nice to get hold of an original, can't wait to read it to my son.
Gorgeous illustrations and a lovely tale of the joys and peril that ensues when a little dog wants to avoid bathtime.
Lovely condition for a second hand book too.
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I guess I didn't read the description carefully, but I did not expect this book to be so tiny! It is approx 4x5". The classic story is as good as ever, but I'd like a bigger book! I am returning this 'mini treasure' and ordering the 1992 edition, which appears to be normal size.
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By Arachne202 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Oct. 2014
Format: Paperback
I've just read this to my five-year-old son, and he immediately asked me to read it again.

From the 1950s, Harry is a white dog with black spots who doesn't like baths. He buries the scrubbing brush, then escapes out of his back garden and goes exploring through the town. Lots of industrial scenes of Harry getting covered in coal dust, soot, smoke and mud, and my son enjoyed trying to find him in each grimy picture, while admiring the cranes, trains, trucks and pipes. Harry turns into a black dog with white spots, and when he goes back home, his family don't recognise him. What will Harry do?

Absolute classic picture book.
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'Harry the Dirty Dog' was a much-loved childhood friend of mine, so I was delighted to find him still in print almost forty years on.

Like all good children's stories, the plot is simple enough. Harry is a white dog with black spots. Like every other dog on the planet (and quite a few small children), he loves getting dirty but hates having a bath. One day Harry tries to put an end to bathing once and for all, but soon learns that there are consequences to his actions!

Harry is a marvellous character for toddlers to identify with as, like them, he is loveable but often mischievous. Margaret Bloy Graham's brilliant illustrations really breathe life into him; the scenes where he is trying to persuade the family that he really is their dog are full of emotion. Gene Zion's narrative is well-written, and even though most adults will guess the ending before it arrives, it's entertaining to read.

I'm awarding 'Harry the Dirty Dog' top marks as a great tale to share with young children. If this is your first encounter with Harry, then do look out for his other adventures - 'No Roses For Harry (Red Fox picture books)' and 'Harry By The Sea (Red Fox picture books)' - too.
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