The Hairy Maclary stories are immensely popular and this audio version is a real treat.
There are eight stories on one CD: “Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy” “Hairy Maclary, Sit!” “Hairy Maclary and Zackary Quack”, “Hairy Maclary’s Rumpus at the Vet”, “Hairy Maclary Scattercat”, “Hairy Maclary’s Bone”, “Hairy Maclary’s Showbusiness”, and “Hairy Maclary’s Caterwaul Caper”. (Some of these will probably be reviewed in their own right later).
Lynley Dodd’s scruffy little Scots Terrier gets up to all sorts of mischief with his friends Hercules Morse (as big as a horse), Bottomley Potts (covered in spots), Bitzer Maloney (all skinny and bony), Muffin McClay (like a bundle of hay), and Schnitzel von Krumm (with the very low tum). He causes chaos at the vet’s, disrupts the local cat show, leads a stampede at the Kennel Club obedience class and nearly drowns trying to get away from the persistent (and utterly adorable) little duckling Zackary Quack. Lurking around every corner though is the toughest Tom in town: Scarface Claw…
The collection is read by David Tennant, RSC actor and former Doctor Who, in his natural Scottish accent. It seems strange to have to point that out, but the majority know him from Doctor Who where he suppresses that! Here it works brilliantly. The rolled ‘r’s of Hairy Maclary and the galloping rhymes sound as if they were written for him, and the whole set of tales is a joy to listen to.
This is great fun for car journeys, and as the whole CD only lasts about twenty minutes you don’t have to go very far to hear all the stories.