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Harry the Dirty Dog    by Gene Zion & Margaret Bloy Graham order for
Harry the Dirty Dog
by Gene Zion
Order:  USA  Can
HarperTrophy, 1976 (1956)
Hardcover, Paperback, Audio
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

'Harry was a white dog with black spots' who disliked baths so much that he buried the scrubbing brush and ran away from home. He had all kinds of adventures, and got so dirty that 'he changed from a white dog with black spots to a black dog with white spots.' When he finally slunk home, no-one recognized him. He tried all kinds of tricks but his family was still sure this black dog could not be Harry. Then he had a brainwave.

When this strange dog begged for a bath, the children gave him one and discovered underneath all the dirt ... 'It's Harry!' Kids can easily empathize with Harry's rebellion and the trouble it gets him into. They are anxious when he isn't recognized and delighted when he is reunited with his people. Harry the Dirty Dog is a story that little ones will enjoy again and again. A Spanish version, Harry, El Perrito Sucio, is available and this small canine has more adventures in No Roses for Harry, Harry by the Sea, and Harry and the Lady Next Door.

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