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Happy Birthday Hairy Mclary !

July 16, 2013

The scruffy dog most New Zealanders know and love, turns 30 years old this year.

Author Lynley Dodd, born in Rotorua, N.Z., began her series of Hairy Mclary books in 1983, which brought her international renown and in 2002 she was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to children’s literature. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy was the first book, followed by many sequels, with which Dodd won the NZ Children’s Picture Book of the Year Award in 1984, 1986, 1988 and 1992.

Hairy Mclary has also been adapted into a stage show pantomime delighting children everywhere, and is available as an app for ipad too.

If you love Hairy, why not comment and tell us of your memories!

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