Evelyn Mary Breakell
14 September 1906
|Died||19 December 1992 (aged 86)|
Auckland, New Zealand
|Known for||Children's books|
|My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes|
Evelyn Mary Sutton (née Breakell, 14 September 1906 - 19 December 1992), commonly known as Eve Sutton, was a New Zealand children's author.
Evelyn Mary Breakell was born in Preston, Lancashire, England, on 14 September 1906. She worked as a primary school teacher from 1927 to 1931, when she married Arthur Sutton at Christ Church, Fulwood, Preston. In 1949, the family migrated to New Zealand, and Eve Sutton became a naturalised New Zealand citizen in 1955.
Sutton's first children's book, My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes, was written after her cousin by marriage, Lynley Dodd, suggested that they collaborate on a book; Sutton wrote the text and Dodd provided the illustrations. Now regarded as a New Zealand classic, it was Sutton's only picture book, and it received the Esther Glen Award in 1975.
Subsequently, Sutton went on to write books for older children, including a series of novels about the experiences of immigrants to New Zealand. In 1990, she was awarded the New Zealand Children's Literature Association's Award for Services to Children's Literature.