A special anniversary extra-large hardback celebrating 50 delightful years of a much-loved and fun rhyming story that is just right to read together.
About the Kiwi creators
Eve Sutton was born and raised in England and moved to New Zealand as an adult. She worked as a primary school teacher and as a Braille transcriber before writing her critically acclaimed children’s books. Of these, My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes was the only picture book, and a celebrated partnership with her cousin by marriage, Lynley Dodd. First published in 1974, My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes won the Esther Glen Award in 1975.
Lynley Dodd graduated from the Elam School of Art in Auckland with a diploma in Fine Arts, majoring in sculpture. She went on to teach art before taking a break to start a family. She began to work as a freelance illustrator and collaborated with author Eve Sutton on My Cat Likes To Hide in Boxes. There was no looking back as Lynley went on to write and illustrate her own books for children. Exuberant artwork and bouncy rhymes come together perfectly in books like Slinky Malinki and Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy. As well as being a visual delight, these are some of the most rewarding books for children and adults to read out loud. It comes as no surprise that, as a child, she adored Dr Seuss because of his ‘crazy sounds and the fact that he took such liberties with the English language.’ Other favourite authors included A A Milne and the fairy tales of The Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Andersen. Today, Lynley is a big fan of Quentin Blake ‘because of his humour and very clever art work.’