Lynley Dodd Stories
post written by Esther Filbrun
Title: Lynley Dodd Stories
Author: Lynley Dodd
Major Themes: Animals, Dogs, Ducks, Cats, Picture Books
Synopsis: Delightful picture books about animals for children by the well-known author Lynley Dodd.
The Hairy Maclary books have been favorites around our house for years, and a couple years ago, some good friends of ours gave us a book of five Lynley Dodd stories — a treat for all of us! The language in the stories is incredible — many fascinating words, told in beautiful poetry. Even my brothers who say they hate poetry love these books! The pictures, too, are very entertaining.
Here’s a synopsis for each of the books we have:
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy
Off on a walk, Harry Maclary soon picks up other friends to join him. Hairy Maclary leads the way—until they meet up with Scarface Claw, the toughest tomcat in town! What will they do now?
Schnitzel von Krumm’s Basketwork
Schnitzel von Krumm has outgrown his basket, and his family deems it smelly and worn out. So they give him a brand new one—but it smells wrong, and isn’t cozy and comforting! Schnitzel decides he must find somewhere else to sleep—but nothing else seems to work! Will he be able to get his cozy, comfortable bed back?
Harry Maclary Sit
The Special Obedience Class is meeting—but Harry Maclary is tired of obeying, so he breaks free. What happens when the rest of the dogs break free, and go streaking all over the park?
Schnitzel von Krumm Forget-Me-Not
The family is loading up to go camping, and poor Schnitzel keeps getting in the way. They send him off to wait until everything is readied—and then accidently leave without him! What is Schnitzel von Krumm to do now that his family have left him behind? Will they realize their mistake before it is too late?
Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack
All Hairy Maclary wants is a nice afternoon nap. But . . . “pittery pattery, skittery scattery, ZIP round the corner [comes] Zachary Quack!” Is there anywhere he can hide that Zachary can’t find him? Will Zachary ever leave him in peace?
Hairy Maclary’s Showbusiness
Hairy Maclary can’t stay out of trouble, and when he manages to get in on a cat show he isn’t about to stop! What will happen now that he’s completely mixed up the show? Can he be forgiven?
One fun note about these books—they are written and illustrated by Lynley Dodd, who lives in New Zealand. While some of the trees may look like they’ve been made up, they actually are native to New Zealand. Some may appear slightly larger than real life, but they all are true plants and trees.
Read Aloud—Ages 1 – 2, 3 – 4, 5 – 8
Reading Independently—Ages 8 – 12, 10 – 12
Keywords: Animals, Cats, Dogs, Ducks