'Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy' first published in 1983, is the first of a series of books by New Zealand author Lynley Dodd featuring 'Hairy Maclary'. His adventures are usually in the company of his other animal friends who include the dachshund Schnitzel von Krumm. His arch-enemy is the tomcat Scarface Claw.

It should be noted that in New Zealand English, a 'dairy' is a small grocery store or corner shop, and not necessarily just a place where cows are milked.

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 (officially the 'Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture Award', is a New Zealand literary prize presented to a person who has made a significant contribution to children's literature, publishing or literacy.

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.

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