Hairy Maclary has been a favorite book of my 9 grandchildren. The antics of this carefree mutt makes you smile while you read any or all of the 6 Lynley Dodd stories. The pictures are great and the repitition of Hairy and his friends' names make for good practice for the young reader. Eg: Blitzer Maloney, all skinny and bony. Muffin McLay like a bundle of hay. Bottomley Potts, covered in spots. Hercules Morse, as big as a horse. the book is a delight, for old readers and for young ones.