Scarface Claw, Hold on Tight! by Lynley Dodd
Published by Penguin Random House Australia
RRP: $19.99

Scarface Claw is back! One peaceful morning he settles for a nice quiet nap, on top of Tom’s car. As Tom heads out in a hurry he does not see the snoozing cat and drives through neighbourhood with Scarface Claw clinging to the top of the car. Constable Chrissie comes to the rescue and Scarface Claw, looking a little worse for wear, is rescued.

The Hairy Maclary books are always a firm favourite with little ones. The rhyming text and familiar characters make sure these will never date. Their ability to appeal to a wide range of ages is amazing. Toddlers love the language and the short, snappy story lines. It is these types of stories that introduce young ones to the idea of a story having a beginning, middle and an end, just as the concentration spans of young minds are developing. Students in pre-school and lower grades of primary school will also love these books as they are learning about words and language. The poetic text and use of alliteration, assonance and onomatopoeia enable teachers to use quality literature when studying these devices with their young students. With the wealth of Hairy Maclary books, the students can read their own and recognise the devices used.

Above all, this new member of the Hairy Maclary and Friends family is full of the brilliance that is Lynley Dodd. I dare you to read it without wanting to read it aloud, and what fun it is too!

Check out the Hairy Maclary website for games and fun.

If you are lucky enough you might catch The Life and Times of Scarface Claw exhibition at the State Library of Western Australia, open until November 1, 2017.

Many thanks to Penguin Random House Australia for sending this book for review.