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She is best known for her "Hairy Maclary" series, and its follow-ups, all of which feature animals with rhyming names, and was created a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2001 for "services to children's literature and book illustration". She was subsequently redesignated a Dame Companion upon reinstatement of titles in the Special Honours 2009.
She was born in Rotorua. She graduated from the Elam School of Art in Auckland. 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. She is now[update] living in Tauranga.
- 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!
- "Interviews with NZ Children's Authors: Lynley Dodd". Christchurch City Libraries. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
- "Dodd, Lynley", New Zealand Book Council
- "Full list of New Year Honours". New Zealand Herald. 31 December 2001. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
- "Margaret Mahy Medal Award". Christchurch, New Zealand: Christchurch City Libraries. 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
- "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.
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