Scarface Claw, Hold Tight!


Lynley Dodd, Scarface Claw, Hold Tight!, Puffin, 2 Oct 2017, 32pp., $19.99 (hbk),  ISBN: 9780143770985

Another instalment of the beloved Hairy Maclary series, Scarface Claw, Hold Tight! contains all the rhythmic and linguistic genius we have come to expect from Lynley Dodd. This time, Scarface Claw is taken on a hairy ride after falling asleep on the sunny roof of a car. Passing all types of vehicles from a ‘lumbering logging truck’ to ‘Gran, on her scooter’, finally the police bring the ride to a bumpy stop.

Lynley Dodd has created yet another fantastic book, children who have a strong interest in cars and trucks will be particularly impressed with this one. It’s an engaging and fast-paced storyline, perfect for younger children or children who find it difficult to sit still for a story. The illustrations are bright and lively, and capture the unfolding drama perfectly even though the real delight in Dodd’s stories is her brilliant use of language.

This book is great for even very young children as the rhythm and rhyme is captivating and fun.

Reviewed by Bec Blakeney

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