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Another rollicking picture book featuring the mighty Scarface Claw in the much-loved Hairy Maclary and Friends series.

It is a peaceful morning and Scarface Claw is happily snoozing in a spot in the sun, tail curled around and feet tucked in.

there was a shudder and sway,
the whirr of an engine,
then off and away.

And then off goes the truck down the drive - with Scarface ON TOP! Clinging on to the roof of the truck, Scarface zips along streets with his owner, Tom, oblivious to his rooftop passenger and everyone trying to get his attention as he drives along ... who will come to poor Scarface Claw's rescue?

Inspired by true stories of cat owners driving off without realising their cats are on the roofs of their cars, Scarface Claw's latest adventure will have readers getting just as involved in the story as the bystanders trying to get Tom's attention!

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Who will save the cantankerous cat from his rollicking ride? Lynley Dodd at her rhyming best, once again.

Little Treasures Magazine

Arguably NZ’s most famous grumpy cat makes a rollicking return in Dodd’s much-loved Hairy Maclary series. It’s a peaceful morning and Scarface Claw is happily snoozing in the sun, tail curled around and feet tucked in. But his snooze is about to be interrupted. A picture book the young ones will adore.

Dionne Christian, Weekend Herald

Adults who’ve driven off with their wallet or coffee atop the car will recognise this scenario. But could they cope with moggy arch-villain Scarface Claw facing off through the windscreen? Vintage Dodd.

Ann Packer, NZ Listener

Little kids will be delighted with this new picture book from the Hairy Maclary and Friends series, from one of our best-loved authors. Scarface Claw is lazing happily on the roof of a car when its owner jumps in and drives off. The cat’s hair-raising adventure has everyone in town agog and it takes quite some time for the driver to notice his surprising passenger. As ever, the rhyming prose and lively illustrations make this book great fun to read aloud.

Nicky Pellegrino, New Zealand Woman's Weekly

The Hairy Maclary books are always a firm favourite with little ones. The rhyming text and familiar characters make sure these will never date. Their ability to appeal to a wide range of ages is amazing. Toddlers love the language and the short, snappy story lines. It is these types of stories that introduce young ones to the idea of a story having a beginning, middle and an end, just as the concentration spans of young minds are developing. Students in pre-school and lower grades of primary school will also love these books as they are learning about words and language. . . . Above all, this new member of the Hairy Maclary and Friends family is full of the brilliance that is Lynley Dodd. I dare you to read it without wanting to read it aloud, and what fun it is too!

Liz Derouet, Still Talking About Books

[T]his is an absolute joy to read aloud: a rollicking, fun adventure full of fabulous description and vivid imagery. . . . Fans of the series will recognise familiar characters and scenes within the illustrations and many people will identify with having a cat deciding to sleep somewhere inappropriate. There are plenty of brilliant and uniquely Lynley Dodd passages ('Everyone pointed and hollered and waved, they hooted and tooted and ranted and raved') and her fans will not be disappointed

Nicole Nelson, ReadPlus

Is there any more famous cat with young children than Scarface Claw? . . .This new adventure from Dame Lynley Dodd told in rhyme with all the action and wonderful illustrations of the others in this fabulous series for young children is set to introduce a new generation to a host of characters that have brought so much joy that they have their own sculpture in Tauranga in New Zealand . . . Every child needs to know Scarface Claw, Hairy Maclary and the rest of the gang – this new tale will be a great introduction and is icing on the cake of a brilliant series for existing fans.

The Bottom Shelf

That seemingly effortless rollicking rhyme to which every child responds recounts Scarface’s adventure with humour and spirit, while all the while we are quite sure that there will be a safe and happy outcome. Long we may enjoy the delight of Dodd! Now that some of us are enjoying them in a third generation without them ever losing their original joy, we can only hope for many more. Highly recommended for all little and larger readers from toddler age upwards.

Sue Warren, Just So Stories

With Lynley Dodd's typical masterful style, the story rips along and you feel for poor old Scarface Claw! Her wonderful use of alliteration and rhyme and fun ideas have brought us another story for young readers to enjoy. My favourite picture is when Scarface falls ungracefully from teh roof when Tom slams on his brakes. Both Tom's and Scarface's expressions are hilarious!

Rosemary Tisdall, Magpies

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