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(H) Book Review: Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

harry dirty dog

Harry the Dirty Dog
 Gene Zion

Publication Date: 1956
Genre: Children’s Literature

Harry is a white dog with black spots who loves everything . . . except baths. So one day before bath time, Harry runs away. He plays outside all day long, digging and sliding in everything from garden soil to pavement tar. By the time he returns home, Harry is so dirty he looks like a black dog with white spots. His family doesn’t even recognize him!



The first time I read this book to BabyJ, he giggled and couldn’t get enough. Every time I turned the page, he would excitedly jolt his arms as he awaited the next portion of the story. I really love that this story has beautiful illustrations, fun dialogue, and an easy-to-follow story for children. There is enough action through the story to keep kids engaged, fun jokes to make them laugh, and a lovable character. I read this book frequently, as I love the way the story easily rolls off the tongue when I read. It’s a nice reprieve after I finish reading a tongue twister like Dr. Seuss.

This book would make a great gift for a baby shower, birthday, or something else. 


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  1. Love this book! Great to meet you through the challenge!!


  2. That sounds like a great book. I really ought to get my niece reading your blog!
    Jemima Pett


  3. patlynnfor

    I’m definitely looking for this for my granddaughters!


  4. Sounds like a delightful book. And I bet Harry had a wonderful time while changing his spots.


  5. Sounds perfect. Kids love anything that seems like it is breaking the rules, like getting dirty. Isn’t it cute the things they find funny?


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