Hairy Maclary 4+

...from Donaldson's Dairy

Kiwa Digital Limited

Designed for iPad

    • 4.0 • 4 Ratings
    • $3.99



The immensely popular Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy is now available as an interactive KIWA Book with wonderful narration by David Tennant (Good Omens, Doctor Who). It has also had video narration in 3 sign languages; NZSL, AUSLAN & ASL

Run your fingers over the text to hear the story and touch any word to hear and see it spoken and spelt. You can even colour in pages of the story and record your own voice. Hear the barking dogs and the ferocious yowl of Scarface Claw, all part of the interactive experience, giving children and parents’ hours of fun. This is not only a marvellous story, but a superb aid for early learning and literacy development.

It was thirty years ago that a small black dog stepped out of the imagination of author and illustrator Lynley Dodd and onto the pages of a picture book. This book, Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy, is now famous the world over and the 20 titles in the Hairy Maclary and friends series have now sold more than six million copies worldwide.

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy combines simple narrative storytelling with virtuoso use of rhythm and rhyme, and Dodd’s gentle but energetic watercolour illustrations depict characters that are as well loved as they are mischievous.

• Tap the language button to view the new "Australian sign language" feature.
• Swipe-to-Read™ the words to hear and playback the story at your own pace.
• Touch-to-Hear™ individual words spoken.
• Touch-to-Spell™ to hear the letters that spell each and every word.
• Auto Play to enjoy the narration.
• Use the My Narration function to read and record the story yourself and customize your book.
• Paint mode can be used on each story page!
• Paint has a paint palette, brush width, move and zoom, and undo abilities!
• Tap the paint palette icon and tap a color to change the paint color!
• Tap the brush palette icon and change the slider to change the brush size!

This KIWA Book includes the narration, text, and user interface in this language:

UK English narrated by David Tennant (Doctor Who)
AUSLAN (Australian Sign) signed by Alex Jones
ASL (American Sign) signed by Alex Jones
NZSL (New Zealand Sign Language) signed by Josje Lelijveld

© & ™ Hairy Maclary and Friends, Lynley Dodd, 2010
licensed by Penguin Group (NZ)

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What’s New

Version 4.0.9

Updated video function and minor fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

AdamEngineer ,

Good, but more expensive than it should be.

It's an engaging, but very simple children's story. The ability to hear each word alone is nice, but unfortunately the narrator had to put space between each word to make this possible, so the narration is not flowing. It's not horribly stilted, but it's noticeable and does detract from the story.

Burkinagin ,


Didnt upload properly, the book is downloaded. When my child goes to watch it, on page 9 it shuts down the program.

MariMobile ,

A digital book worth buying!

This book is fantastic! The story is well told, and I absolutely LOVE the sign language and art options! Alex Jones uses entertaining expressions that flow along with the story as he signs. The art options include a few basic tools to adjust and play around with the pictures. And allowing the parent or child to record his/her own version of reading the story is a nice touch as well. I would love to see more of these digital books with Mr. Jones signing them as well!

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