Harry the dirty dog by Gene Zion; illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham (1955)

Join me again for a trip down memory lane (I’ll drag myself back into the 21st century tomorrow I promise).

If you’ve never come across Harry the dirty dog then I suggest you get hold of a copy immediately! It’s definitely a story that has aged well.

Harry is a white dog with black spots who hates having baths. After hiding the scrubbing brush he runs away and proceeds to get himself very dirty indeed. So dirty in fact that he turns into a black dog with white spots!

On his return home he does not receive the welcome he expected, in fact his family don’t recognise him at all. Luckily Harry remembers exactly where the scrubbing brush is hidden and after some hearty bath-work returns to his glorious self.

For a more recent equivalent, Dog’s colourful day by Emma Dodd is also a lot of fun.

Check out Harry the dirty dog at Auckland Libraries.

Or buy Harry the dirty dog from Fishpond.



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