Lynley Dodd

Lynley Dodd work has sold over two million copies world-wide. Born and educated in New Zealand, Lynley is a graduate of the Elam School of Art in Auckland. Since winning the prestigious Esther Glen Award with Eve Sutton in 1975 for My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes, Lynley has written 24 picture books. Four of these have won the New Zealand Picture Book of the Year Award, and many more have made the Award shortlist. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy was published in 1983 and to date, Hairy Maclary has his own theatre company (Maclary Theatre Productions), a video, and there is extensive merchandising, including soft toys. Lynley has won numerous prizes for her work, received the Margaret Mahy Award in 1999 and in 2002 was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours for services to children's literature. Lynley lives in Tauranga with her husband, Tony and their beautiful Burmese cat, Suu Kyi.