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Hairy Maclary’s Showbusiness

October 1, 1991

Hairy Maclary’s Showbusiness

By Lynley Dodd, Mallinson Rendel Publishers, 1991.

‘In Riverside Hall on Cabbage Tree Row, the Cat Club were having their Annual Show.’

Cover of a book showing lots of show cats in boxes, and a dog peeking around the cornerHairy Maclary wreaks havoc when he gatecrashes the local cat show, but who wins first prize?

What are the categories for the prize-winning cats? Biggest family, worst temper, longest whiskers, snootiest, fattest and…SCRUFFIEST!

Hairy Maclary has survived many adventures and is a really fun little character to follow around. He is still probably one of the most loved dogs in kids picture books today, along with Spot of course.

This book is a board book for our youngest readers, but it is also available as a soft cover book.

To find more crazy capers of Hairy Maclary, click here!

Wrap Up

Hairy Maclary's Showbusiness

  • 8/10
  • 6.8/10
  • 0.2/10
    Educational content
  • 6/10
  • 9/10


  • A fun and engaging story.
  • Great rhyming rhythm!


  • Board book pages become a bit stuck together and hard to open after too much love.

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