Harry the Dirty Dog

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Harry the Dirty Dog
First edition
Author Gene Zion
Illustrator Margaret Bloy Graham
Language English, Spanish
Genre Children's literature
Publisher Harper & Brothers
Publication date
Pages 32

Harry the Dirty Dog is a children's book written by Gene Zion and illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham. Originally published in black and white in 1956, it was reprinted in 2002 with splashes of color added by the original artist. Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named the book one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children."[1]


The family dog, Harry, disenchanted with taking baths, buries the bathtub scrubber and runs away from home. Harry gets dirty and returns home only to find his family does not recognize him. His attempts to get his family to realize it's him only succeed when he brings back the brush he buried.

In popular culture[edit]

  • The book is read in the Barney & Friends episode "Our Furry Feathered Fishy Friends".
  • An official musical adaptation of the book was written and produced by ArtsPower National Touring Theatre.


  1. ^ National Education Association (2007). "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children". Retrieved August 19, 2012. 

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