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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.

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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Who will save the cantankerous cat from his rollicking ride? Lynley Dodd at her rhyming best, once again.

Little Treasures Magazine

Arguably NZ’s most famous grumpy cat makes a rollicking return in Dodd’s much-loved HairyMaclary 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

Little kids will be delighted with this new picture book from the Hairy Maclary and Friends series, from one of our best-loved authors. Scarface Claw is lazing happily on the roof of a car when its owner jumps in and drives off. The cat’s hair-raising adventure has everyone in town agog and it takes quite some time for the driver to notice his surprising passenger. As ever, the rhyming prose and lively illustrations make this book great fun to read aloud.

Nicky Pellegrino, New Zealand Woman's Weekly

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback


    October 2, 2017


    32 pages

    RRP $19.99

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