My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes

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My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes
My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes.jpg
2010 Puffin Books edition
AuthorEve Sutton and Lynley Dodd
IllustratorLynley Dodd
CountryNew Zealand
GenreChildren's book
PublisherPuffin Books
Publication date

My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes is a very popular New Zealand children’s book, which has also attained popularity in the United Kingdom and Canada. It was written by Eve Sutton and Lynley Dodd, cousins-in-law. The book was first published in 1974[1] and won the 1975 Esther Glen Award.[2]

According to Dodd, the book is based upon the "Dodd family cat, Wooskit, who, like all cats, liked to hide in boxes, supermarket bags, cupboards and hidey-holes of all kinds."[3] The book itself consists of descriptions of other cats from other countries, all followed by the phrase “but my cat likes to hide in boxes.”

After the book's publication, Eve Sutton went on to write books for older children. Lynley Dodd, however, continued to write for younger children—which eventually led to her famous Hairy Maclary series of children’s books.


  1. ^ My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes at Fantastic Fiction
  2. ^ "Esther Glen Past Winners Recipients". LIANZA. Library and Information Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  3. ^ Lynley Dodd: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions