Lynley Dodd

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Dame Lynley Dodd

Born (1941-07-05) 5 July 1941 (age 79)
Rotorua, New Zealand
OccupationWriter, illustrator
LanguageEnglish
GenreChildren's, picture books
Notable works
Notable awardsMargaret Mahy Award
RelativesEve Sutton (cousin-in-law)

Dame Lynley Stuart Dodd DNZM (born 5 July 1941[1]) is a New Zealand children's book author and illustrator. She is best known for her "Hairy Maclary and Friends" series, and its follow-ups,[2][3] all of which feature animals with rhyming names and have sold over five million copies worldwide.[4] In 1999, Dodd received the Margaret Mahy Award.

She was appointed a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2002 New Year Honours, redesignated as a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009.

Life and career[edit]

Sculpture of Hairy Maclary and other characters from the books in Tauranga, New Zealand on the waterfront.

Dodd an only child was born in Rotorua. Dodd lived with her parents in Kaingaroa Forest, near Taupo.[5] She was educated at Iwitahi School and Tauranga College.[3] Dodd graduated from the Elam School of Art in Auckland with a diploma in Fine Arts.[5] She met her late husband Tony in Wellington.[6] her husband Tony died in 2014 after an illness.[7] She is now living in Tauranga.[3] Dodd became an art teacher spending five years teaching at Queen Margaret College in Wellington.[6] She began to work as a freelance illustrator.[6] Her first book was My Cat Likes To Hide In Boxes which she wrote along with Eve Sutton. Her first book written solo was The Nickle Nackle Tree.[3] In 2005 The Other Ark won the Children’s Choice Award at the New Zealand Post Book Awards.[3]

In 1983 the first book in the "Hairy Maclary" series Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy was published the following books in the series Hairy Maclary’s Bone (1984), Hairy Maclary Scattercat (1985), Hairy Maclary's Caterwaul Caper (1987), Hairy Maclary's Rumpus at the Vet (1989) and Hairy Maclary's Showbusiness (1991) were all shortlisted in the Children’s Picture Book of the Year Award, which Lynley Dodd won in 1984, 1986, 1988 and 1992.[3] In the 1990s, a TV series based on "Hairy Maclary" series featuring 10 five-minute episodes premiered.[8] In 2015 a sculpture of Hairy Maclary and other characters from the books was officially unveiled in Tauranga, New Zealand on the waterfront by former New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.[9][10] In the 2019 TVNZ series Goodnight Kiwi the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern read Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy the episode aired on TVNZ 2 on Christmas Day.[11][12]

Honours and awards[edit]

In 1990, Dodd was awarded the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal.[13] In 1999, she became the ninth recipient of the Margaret Mahy Award.[14][15] She was appointed a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2002 New Year Honours, for services to children's literature and book illustration.[16] Following the re-introduction of titular honours by the New Zealand government, she accepted redesignation as a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009.[17]

Books[edit]

  • 1973 – My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes
  • 1976 – The Nickle Nackle Tree
  • 1978 – Titimus Trim
  • 1982 – The Apple Tree
  • 1982 – The Smallest Turtle
  • 1983 – Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy
  • 1984 – Hairy Maclary's Bone
  • 1985 – Hairy Maclary Scattercat
  • 1986 – Wake Up, Bear
  • 1987 – Hairy Maclary's Caterwaul Caper
  • 1988 – A Dragon In A Wagon
  • 1989 – Hairy Maclary's Rumpus at the Vet
  • 1990 – Slinky Malinki
  • 1991 – Find Me A Tiger
  • 1991 – Hairy Maclary's Showbusiness
  • 1992 – The Minister's Cat ABC
  • 1993 – Slinky Malinki Open The Door
  • 1994 – Schnitzel von Krumm’s Basketwork
  • 1995 – Sniff-Snuff-Snap
  • 1996 – Schnitzel von Krumm Forget-Me-Not and Hairy Maclary Six Stories
  • 1997 – Hairy Maclary SIT
  • 1998 – Slinky Malinki Catflaps
  • 1999 – Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack
  • 2000 – Hedgehog Howdedo
  • 2001 – Scarface Claw and The Apple Tree and Other Stories
  • 2002 – Schnitzel von Krumm, Dogs Never Climb Trees
  • 2004 – The Other Ark
  • 2005 – Zachary Quack Minimonster
  • 2006 – Slinky Malinki's Christmas Crackers
  • 2007 – Hairy Maclary's Hat Tricks
  • 2008 – The Dudgeon is Coming
  • 2009 – Hairy Maclary, Shoo
  • 2012 – Slinky Malinki Early Bird
  • 2017 – Scarface Claw - Hold Tight!

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interviews with NZ Children's Authors: Lynley Dodd". Christchurch City Libraries. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Hairy Maclary named as the bestselling book of the decade in New Zealand". Stuff. 15 November 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Dodd, Lynley", New Zealand Book Council
  4. ^ Terry, Fiona (8 August 2008). "Times Online: Interview with Lynley Dodd". London: Times Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Lynley Dodd". storylines.org.nz. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "National Portrait: Lynley Dodd, The Rhymer". Stuff.
  7. ^ Gibbs, Carly (30 September 2017). "Big read: Lynley Dodd's success with storytelling" – via www.nzherald.co.nz.
  8. ^ "Hairy Maclary | Series | Short Film". NZ On Screen.
  9. ^ "Hairy Maclary's New Home". www.penguin.co.nz.
  10. ^ "The Strand Reserve". tauranga.govt.nz. Tauranga City Council. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Jacinda Ardern to read classic Hairy Maclary for Goodnight Kiwi". Stuff. 8 December 2019.
  12. ^ "Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to front Christmas episode of Goodnight Kiwi". 8 December 2019 – via www.nzherald.co.nz.
  13. ^ Taylor, Alister; Coddington, Deborah (1994). Honoured by the Queen – New Zealand. Auckland: New Zealand Who's Who Aotearoa. p. 123. ISBN 0-908578-34-2.
  14. ^ "Margaret Mahy Medal Award". Christchurch, New Zealand: Christchurch City Libraries. 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
  15. ^ "Margaret Mahy Award". Storylines.org.nz. Auckland, New Zealand: Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust of New Zealand. 2012. Archived from the original on 6 July 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
  16. ^ "New Year honours list 2002". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2001. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  17. ^ "Full list of New Year Honours". The New Zealand Herald. 31 December 2001. Retrieved 15 October 2011.