Harry the Dirty Dog
by Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham Harper Collins, 1956
“Harry was a white dog with black spots who liked everything, except . . . getting a bath.”
What lengths would you go to in order to avoid something you dislike? Would you leave your home? Change your identity? That’s exactly the journey a bath-averse dog embarks on in the classic picture book Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham.
Since its publication, this classic has never been out of print. It’s often among educator’s list of top 100 books for children and provides an important transition for readers from picture books to beginning chapter books. Creators Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham were considered one of children’s books’ power couples, along with Ruth Krauss and Crockett Johnson, and Margret and H. A. Rey.
Before separating, Zion and Graham collaborated on 13 books together, including three more Harry books. Graham’s illustrations for All Falling Down (written by Zion) and The Storm Book both received Caldecott Honors.
Our Harry the Dirty Dog exhibit is the first in a series of bathtub benches, where you become part of the story and illustration just by taking a seat. Visitors can sit surrounded by bubbles and Harry, who is insistently holding his scrub brush.
Surrounding the tub will be a towel rack and a shelf containing Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham’s books.
MORE TO EXPLORE
Harry and the Lady Next Door by Gene Zion and illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham
Harry by the Sea by Gene Zion and illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham
No Roses for Harry! by Gene Zion and illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham
Weston Woods film