Harry is a lovable little pooch who lives with a sweet family in suburbia.
There's one thing you should know though: Harry hates taking a bath!
In Harry, the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion, Harry grabs the scrub brush his family uses on him when they give him a bath, runs down the stairs, and buries in the back yard.
Harry's adventure has just begun! He travels all over town, getting dirtier and dirtier. Finally, he heads home, but he is so dirty that his family doesn't recognize him.
Even when he does tricks, digs up the scrub brush, and tries to show his family his identity, they still don't recognize him. He is just too dirty.
Harry finally gets the children to give him a bath and after he is clean, they realize it's Harry!
If you have ever had a son who doesn't want to take a bath (I am sorry to tell you that many boys go through this stage), you will love this book! Read it over and over as preventive medicine.
This story is whimsical and fun to read aloud. It's even more fun to listen to! Children will relate to Harry's adventurous spirit. I enjoy Gene Zion's writing--he is entertaining to children and adults alike. Margaret Bloy Graham's illustrations are adorable--I love the details--a bird on a tree branch, other little dogs, and toys in the wagon are just a few of the little touches.
Okay, I have to admit: my favorite thing is that Harry is so dirty his family can't recognize him. Now, you and I know that is a little far-fetched, but children will be caught up in the drama and excitement--rooting for Harry to be recognized by his family once again.
I highly recommend Harry the Dirty Dog. If you like this one, there are more Harry books:
No More Hoses for Harry
Harry by the Sea
Harry and the Lady Next Door
Happy Reading Aloud!