There s never been another dog as delightful or dirty as HarryThis lovable white dog with black spots or black dog with white spots has charmed children for fifty years, and we are celebrating with an anniversary edition This childhood favourite is perfect for reading aloud before going to bed or avoiding a bath


10 thoughts on “Harry the Dirty Dog

  1. Mark Lawrence Mark Lawrence says:

    Gene Zion cunningly disguised one of the great existential questions of our age in this Dirty Harry book.Do you feel lucky This is a book about identity Am I whitewith black spotsor blackwith white spots About change and transition Do I have to remain how I was born Can I not re imagine myself If I identify as a black dog with white spots or by extension the ying to any yang be it gender, sexuality, or someesoteric quality can I not change Can the leopard or Scotty dog change Gene Zion cunningly disguised one of the great existential questions of our age in this Dirty Harry book.Do you feel lucky This is a book about identity Am I whitewith black spotsor blackwith white spots About change and transition Do I have to remain how I was born Can I not re imagine myself If I identify as a black dog with white spots or by extension the ying to any yang be it gender, sexuality, or someesoteric quality can I not change Can the leopard or Scotty dog change its spots About civil liberties When can indignities such as baths be imposed upon the young or upon minorities Scotties , and when is it time to stand up to authority and say No or woof.And about consequence Will your loved ones recognise your rights to make the choices you have Will they even recognise you after the upheavals of your personal transition journey.Above all this book lets you know that running away from home can be kinda fun.In short this modern classic of 20th century literature subsumes our bourgeois preconceptions in a tale of real drama and urgency, a creative maelstrom in which modern angst is conceptualised in canine form For it is not a Scotty per se, rather it is a cypher for man s eternal non interconnectedness with the natural world, realised with Zion s characteristic perspicuity, its disingenuous indirectness a paradoxical signifier of its vital directness and its relevance, in real terms, to the anguished unreality of the modern and yet forebodingly ancient the disjunction of Man and his nearest this terminology rapaciously encompassing Woman and her nearest post Jungian evolutionary relation.There can be no better education for a child Or adult I commend it to your attention And to the ages.Finis Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes


  2. Archit Ojha Archit Ojha says:

    Pleasing little illustrations that woo your adult self to read it over and over again.Harry, the dog, is not so fond of bathing and shoots away to the city for an adventure.Well, as the name suggests, he gets dirty from the coal engines, the dusts and the smoke.Gene Zion packs a good tale of the dog who faces rejection by his owners as they fail to recognize his changed guise Is that a black dog with white spot or a white dog with black spots How will Harry ever get them to know This short stor Pleasing little illustrations that woo your adult self to read it over and over again.Harry, the dog, is not so fond of bathing and shoots away to the city for an adventure.Well, as the name suggests, he gets dirty from the coal engines, the dusts and the smoke.Gene Zion packs a good tale of the dog who faces rejection by his owners as they fail to recognize his changed guise Is that a black dog with white spot or a white dog with black spots How will Harry ever get them to know This short story never goes old with time Made superb by the illustrator s dexterity with the pen The pictures are perennially etched to the word adorable in our psyche


  3. Matt Matt says:

    Harry was a lovely white dog who sported a few black spots He loved life to the fullest, but could not handle baths whatsoever After disposing of his scrubbing brush, Harry set out to explore the world on his own, a very dirty world Playing in the dirt and rolling in coal soon turned Harry into the blackest dog ever, with only a few white spots After missing his family, Harry decided to return home, though things were not as easy as he might have hoped Neo has never had a pet, but he quite Harry was a lovely white dog who sported a few black spots He loved life to the fullest, but could not handle baths whatsoever After disposing of his scrubbing brush, Harry set out to explore the world on his own, a very dirty world Playing in the dirt and rolling in coal soon turned Harry into the blackest dog ever, with only a few white spots After missing his family, Harry decided to return home, though things were not as easy as he might have hoped Neo has never had a pet, but he quite enjoyed this piece, noticing how determined Harry was to get out and see the world, but still chose to come home at the end of the day


  4. Hilary Hilary says:

    A wonderful story about a little dog that goes on an adventure and gets so dirty he looks completely different The illustrations are beautiful and so full of humour We read a couple of Harry books when my children were young but didn t have this one, we love the one we own and have read it again and again Definitely one I would buy if I came across it Thanks to goodreads friend Margie mentioning how wonderful these are I found this one and several others on open library A great read for chi A wonderful story about a little dog that goes on an adventure and gets so dirty he looks completely different The illustrations are beautiful and so full of humour We read a couple of Harry books when my children were young but didn t have this one, we love the one we own and have read it again and again Definitely one I would buy if I came across it Thanks to goodreads friend Margie mentioning how wonderful these are I found this one and several others on open library A great read for children who love dogs.Read on open library


  5. Lisa Vegan Lisa Vegan says:

    I adored this book as a young child It s written for very young children, but I still enjoy it as an adult It s a very clever story and told with a lot of humor and warmth I like all the Harry The Dirty Dog books but this one was the first I read and it remains my favorite It holds up completely over time a genuine classic.


  6. Caroline Caroline says:

    I ve read all of Gene Zion s sweet Harry books and enjoyed them all They were some of my most beloved as a child, with clever story lines and cute illustrations A child s library is incomplete without them.


  7. Steph Steph says:

    This was read by Betty white I found an online YouTube channel called storytime online great children stories read by famous people I absolutely loved it especially for the little ones


  8. Chris Wolak Chris Wolak says:

    One of my childhood favorites A friend shared a link to Betty White reading it, which is a lovely way to revisit the book Here s the link One of my childhood favorites A friend shared a link to Betty White reading it, which is a lovely way to revisit the book Here s the link


  9. Tyler Jones Tyler Jones says:

    If you don t like Harry the Dirty Dog, then I don t want to be your friend.


  10. Rossy Rossy says:

    What a cute little face Harry has