A Chinese version of Hairy Maclary has been launched in Shanghai by Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce, who performed a bilingual reading of the much-loved children's book.
The Hairy Maclary series was created by Tauranga author Dame Lynley Dodd.
Mr Joyce said it was great Chinese children would now have the opportunity to go on adventures with Hairy Maclary, Bottomley Potts and the rest of the gang, "and I'm sure the series will be as popular in China as it has proven to be in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Russia, Australia and Korea".
The Penguin Group, which holds the rights to the Hairy Maclary series, has sold the Chinese language rights to Wenhui Press, a Chinese publishing company.
Wenhui Press has produced 10 bilingual (English/Chinese) translations of classic Hairy Maclary stories, which was celebrated on Tuesday.