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Harry the Dirty Dog

By Linda Rahm-Crites, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Expressive illustrations with old-fashioned charm.

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age 3+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 3+

Harry the Dirty Dog

The book is great!! It's a fun and humorous book that can cheer up a class of children.
age 2+

A Timeless Fun Story

A very fun read; highly recommended classic.

Is It Any Good?

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In print since 1956, HARRY THE DIRTY DOG testifies to the continuing appeal of a simple tale, low-key humor, and a likable main character. But what really makes this and the other Harry stories stand out is Margaret Bloy Graham's pen-and-ink, pastel-washed drawings. Harry, a black-and-white spotted mutt with little short legs, a stubby tail, and an upturned nose, is surely one of the most appealing dogs in children's literature.

Being a dog, he perceives his world in an amusingly animal-centric way. Humans, although loved and needed, are just more fauna in Harry's life, and he's smarter than his family. All this helps children rejoice in their identification with Harry, but the story isn't really about all-out rebellion. Harry appreciates his home -- he just wants to have more control over bath time.

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