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Another rollicking picture book featuring the mighty Scarface Claw in the much-loved Hairy Maclary and Friends series.

It is a peaceful morning and Scarface Claw is happily snoozing in a spot in the sun, tail curled around and feet tucked in.

Suddenly,
there was a shudder and sway,
the whirr of an engine,
then off and away.

And then off goes the truck down the drive - with Scarface ON TOP! Clinging on to the roof of the truck, Scarface zips along streets with his owner, Tom, oblivious to his rooftop passenger and everyone trying to get his attention as he drives along ... who will come to poor Scarface Claw's rescue?

Inspired by true stories of cat owners driving off without realising their cats are on the roofs of their cars, Scarface Claw's latest adventure will have readers getting just as involved in the story as the bystanders trying to get Tom's attention!

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Reviews

Arguably NZ’s most famous grumpy cat makes a rollicking return in Dodd’s much-loved Hairy Maclary series. It’s a peaceful morning and Scarface Claw is happily snoozing in the sun, tail curled around and feet tucked in. But his snooze is about to be interrupted. A picture book the young ones will adore.

Dionne Christian, Weekend Herald

Adults who’ve driven off with their wallet or coffee atop the car will recognise this scenario. But could they cope with moggy arch-villain Scarface Claw facing off through the windscreen? Vintage Dodd.

Ann Packer, NZ Listener

Is there any more famous cat with young children than Scarface Claw? . . .This new adventure from Dame Lynley Dodd told in rhyme with all the action and wonderful illustrations of the others in this fabulous series for young children is set to introduce a new generation to a host of characters that have brought so much joy that they have their own sculpture in Tauranga in New Zealand . . . Every child needs to know Scarface Claw, Hairy Maclary and the rest of the gang – this new tale will be a great introduction and is icing on the cake of a brilliant series for existing fans.

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9780143770985

    October 2, 2017

    Puffin MR

    32 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Paperback

    9780143772613

    October 1, 2018

    Puffin MR

    32 pages

    RRP $14.99

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  • Board Book

    9780143773948

    October 1, 2019

    Puffin MR

    30 pages

    RRP $12.99

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    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Dymocks
    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
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    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    • The Nile
    Or

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Awards and Recognition

  • Storylines Notable Picture Book Award
    2018
    Awarded
    A Storylines Notable Picture Book