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  • Published: 23 October 2013
  • ISBN: 9780143567967
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $50.00
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The Life and Art of Lynley Dodd


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The Life and Art of Lynley Dodd is both a tale of remarkable success and a window into a brilliant creative mind.

'A visual delight' -- NZ Listener's 100 Best Books of 2013
'Lynley Dodd is a national treasure, and this excellent book shows us why.'--Weekend Press
 
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy has been read and loved by millions since its 1983 publication.  Its protagonist's shaggy face and mischievous eyes are now iconic.  But what of his creator?
In The Life and Art of Lynley Dodd, Finlay Macdonald tells the tale of how a small girl raised in Kaingaroa Forest became the illustrator and virtuoso wordsmith behind so many picture books that are living classics.
But this is not just a story about a storyteller, it is a book that explores Lynley Dodd's working world.  What is the secret behind her stories' linguistic dexterity? How does her paintbrush capture the sometimes comic, sometimes tragic expressions of her animal characters with such precision?  As well as many favourite and familiar book illustrations, this volume contains never-before-seen sketches and cartoons, character roughs and picture-book drafts.
The Life and Art of Lynley Dodd is both a tale of remarkable success and a window into a brilliant creative mind.
'People don't belive me when I tell them that Hairy Maclary fell out of a book - literally - but he did.  It was just a scrap of paper I'd tucked between the pages of my ideas book, as you do.  And I picked it up and thought, well, yes, I could do this.  So I did.'

  • Pub date: 23 October 2013
  • ISBN: 9780143567967
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $50.00

About the Author

Finlay Macdonald

Finlay Macdonald has worked as a journalist, editor, publisher and broadcaster in New Zealand since 1986. He was editor of the New Zealand Listener magazine from 1998 to 2003, commissioning editor at Penguin New Zealand from 2003 to 2005, and a weekly columnist for the Sunday Star-Times from 2003 to 2011. He continues to work as a writer and broadcaster, and lives in Auckland with his wife Carol Hirschfeld and their two children.


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