Dame Lynley Dodd is a true icon of New Zealand storytelling. Her most famous creation, the Hairy Maclary series, which features a scruffy dog from Donaldson’s Dairy, is a bestselling children’s classic not just in her home country but globally as well. Lynley is a passionate advocate of children’s reading and literacy, and has written more than thirty picture books. Lynley’s work is so beloved that Hairy Maclary and his rollicking gang have been immortalised in bronze in her hometown of Tauranga — a gorgeous example of how people of all ages identify with the little dog and his friends.
'Out of the gate and off for a walk went Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy . . .' Dame Lynley Dodd, Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy
'Lynley’s passion for words and metre, wit and (if I may) oddity of all kinds, and her extraordinary artistic talent struck me when, as a young librarian working in a public library, Hairy Maclary fell into my hands.' Sue Esterman, Booksellers NZ
'Dodd holds a special place in children’s literature for her vivid wit in both word and illustration.' Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature