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Storybook Heroes No 10: Harry The Dirty Dog

Meet the brilliant fictional characters who have become timeless classics in the world of children's books

Posted: 25 March 2013
by Catherine O'Dolan

Harry The Dirty Dog
Harry The Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

Name Harry the Dirty Dog

Born 1956

Defining moment "Harry was a white dog with black spots, who liked everything except... having a bath. So one day when he heard the water running in the tub, he took the scrubbing brush and buried it in the back garden."

Why we love Harry

* He's the epitome of the playful pup - a trailblazer for every cheeky canine to follow from Spot and Kipper to the crazy crew in Hairy McLary.  

* Perky ears and a wagging tale has never looked so cute.

* What toddler wouldn't revel in the idea of getting grubbier and grubbier until he's no longer recognisable. When Dirty Harry (any inspiration for you there, Clint?) reappears in the family garden, his  family are none the wiser. "There's a strange dog in the garden... By the way, has anyone seen Harry?" 

* It's a groovy tale with a Happy Days feel, with nostalgic three-colour illustrations (back in the days when it was too costly to print in full-colour!).

Harry The Dirty Dog by Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham is published by Red Fox.  

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