Dame Lynley Dodd
|Born||5 July 1941|
Rotorua, New Zealand
|Genre||Children's, picture books|
|Notable awards||Margaret Mahy Award|
Dame Lynley Stuart Dodd DNZM (born 5 July 1941) is an New Zealand children's book author and illustrator. She is best known for her "Hairy Maclary" series, and its follow-ups,  all of which feature animals with rhyming names and have sold over five million copies worldwide. 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.
Dodd an only child was born in Rotorua. Dodd lived with her parents in Kaingaroa Forest, near Taupo.  She was educated at Iwitahi School and Tauranga College.  Dodd graduated from the Elam School of Art in Auckland with a diploma in Fine Arts.  She met her late husband Tony in Wellington.  her husband Tony died in 2014 after a illness.  She is now living in Tauranga. Dodd became an art teacher spending five years teaching at Queen Margaret College in Wellington.  She began to work as a freelance illustrator.  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. In 2005 The Other Ark won the Children's Choice Award at the New Zealand Post Book Awards. 
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.  In the 1990s, a TV series based on "Hairy Maclary" series featuring 10 five-minute episodes premiered.  In 2015 a sculpture of Hairy Maclary and other characters from the books was officially unveiled in Tauranga, New Zealand on the waterfront by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. 
In 1999, Dodd became the ninth recipient of the Margaret Mahy Award.  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. 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.
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