Three doggy tales from our library
May 12, 2015

For all those who love our four-legged friends – here are three of our best doggy tales for you to enjoy as Touch to See picture books.

Bottomley Potts and Muffin McLay from Hairy Maclary

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy is a brilliant, rhyming book by award-winning Lynley Dodd. Hairy Maclary is a small scruffy dog with a group of friends including Bottomley Potts and and Muffin McLay (shown in the photo above). One day they go for a walk to sniff at the smells and explore all the doorways. Then they come across something unexpected…….

This book has mischievous illustrations and clever text which repeats phrases so that children aged 5 – 7 years can soon join in with the names of all the dogs. We also have Hairy Maclary Sit! and Hairy Maclary’s Bone in our Touch to See library, so why not borrow them all!

Front cover of Jocasta Carr Movie Star by Roy Gerrard

Jocasta Carr Movie Star by Roy Gerrard is the tale of a young woman’s love for her trusty companion, sheep-dog Belle. They appear in the movies together and Belle is such a huge star that an unscrupulous producer dognaps her and takes her overseas. Being an intrepid pilot, Jocasta leaps into her plane and flies to the rescue – but she will have many adventures before they are reunited.

Tactile picture from A Dog's Night by Meredith Hooper and Allan CurlessDogs’ Night by Meredith Hooper and Allan Curless is a great introduction to paintings in the National Gallery. Once a year the dogs who live in the paintings in the Gallery get the chance to have a special night out.   As the doors close they leap from the paintings they’ve been siting in, such as Madame de Pompadour and Mr and Mrs Andrews, and run around. Unfortunately, when all the fun is over they accidentally climb back into the wrong paintings! The photo above shows how they help the littlest dog get back into its frame!

This fun, educational book is part of a larger pack called Painting Stories which is introduced by Dame Jacqueline Wilson. She’s your guide to five famous paintings from the National Gallery, including The Arnolfini Portait by Jan van Eyck which features a small brown dog. There’s also a tactile image of Jacqueline for you to explore.

Tactile image of Jacqueline Wilson

And if you don’t like dogs…..we’ve also got books featuring cats!  Search our online library by typing your keyword (cat) into the “search term” box – it couldn’t be easier.


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