Hairy Maclary and his friends are known and loved all over the world. But how familiar are you with Dame Lynley Dodd's other creations? There are plenty to discover, and just like Hairy Maclary, they all feature Lynely's uniquely exuberant artwork and gorgeously readable rhymes! Here are some suggestions to get you started.
Deep in the jungle, cool and green, find me a tiger, long and lean.
Children will love searching for the creatures camouflaged in the jungle in this classic rhyming story. See if you can spot a tiger in the jungle, a lizard in the desert, a crocodile in the river, or any of the other animals hiding in these pages. You might even recognise a sneaky black cat!
It’s spring, but Bear is still fast asleep.
His friends try every trick they can think of to wake him up — he keeps right on snoring . . until someone discovers the one thing bears love more than sleeping . . .
A delightful story about what matters to a bear.
'Sam,' he said kindly, 'you've nothing to do and I really need help with this two-by-two zoo. My problems are solved if you're quick off the mark; you can take all the rest in my second-best Ark.'
Noah's Ark is jam-packed but there's still an enormous queue of animals waiting to board. So Noah asks his friend Sam Jam Balu to take the other ark . . .
But is Sam ready for the hip-hopping hippos, burrowing flumps, and candy-striped camels with comical humps? A deliciously funny tale about Noah's SECOND ark.
'But just for once it might be fun if you changed from dog,' she said. 'To something HUGE or something FIERCE or something ODD instead.'
When Susie Fogg takes her dog for a walk, she dreams of having a more exciting pet. What if Sam were a dragon in a wagon?
A wonderfully imaginative story about a girl who wishes for a more exciting pet.
The Dudgeon is coming - and what's more, he's coming tonight! He's shy and polite, so why is everyone becoming more and more alarmed as the time of his arrival approaches?
This hilarious and imaginative picture book explores the mayhem that a scrambled message can cause.
Ever wanted to know a bit more about Slinky Malinki's friends?
Meet the characters from the beloved children's series.
Dame Lynley Dodd on what comes first, the stories or the illustrations, where her ideas come from and more!
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Out of the gate and off for a walk went Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy...
Author Krystal Sutherland shares her favourite stories.
The First Lady of the United States pens a letter to her younger self.
We wanted to know what young Kiwi readers thought about Jesse O's book Locked Down (hint: they loved it!). Read on to see their reviews.
When Jesse O wrote Locked Down (then titled Staying Home) back in 2011, she never imagined that almost a decade later, the events of her novel would prove spookily accurate . . .
Syd, the Muster Pony tells the story of the Wilson sisters' most epic adventure yet, and it's inspired by a real-life road trip Kelly and her sisters took in 2001! (warning: this article might induce a desperate longing to go adventuring around the country, read on at your own risk)
Find out the inspiration behind Beyond Burnout, as well as what you'll learn from reading it!
From contemporary rom-coms, to literary debuts, to the creepiest modern gothic fairytale you could imagine (seriously . . . it is AWESOME!), we've got some stellar YA lined up for you this year. Read on for recommendations for your TBR pile!