Harry The Dirty Dog

Harry hates baths.  He makes his escape on bath day and has the time of his life—getting so dirty his family doesn’t recognize him!  How can he prove that he really is Harry? By having a bath!

Author: Gene Zion

Illustrator: Margaret Bloy Graham

Length: 40 pages, 4-42 words per page

Ages: 1-8

Word Choice: This is a superb story with a well written plot and delightful characterization.  It is perfect for a beginner reader (around grade 2 or 3) to read independently but it will also capture the interest of preschoolers and some toddlers.

Illustrations: Bold and amusing paintings bring you back in time.  The version we read has coloured paintings (copyrighted 2002), earlier editions of this book will be in black and white.

Read-aloud-ability: The storyline is charming and wording is uncomplicated making it an enjoyable read aloud.  We have read and reread it countless times and it still makes me smile.

Additional thoughts:  It is no surprise that this classic it still popular after more than 60 years! Both my 3 year old and my 1.5 year old request this book regularly. If you are unfamiliar with this book, it is the first of a series of four books all about Harry.  There is also a board book edition of this story.

Kids’ Vote: 5 Stars

Parents’ Vote: 5 Stars

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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