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Hairy Maclary author Lynley Dodd responds that academic’s affirmation book is outdated and lacks diversity

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Dodd was asked if she was aware of the criticism in an interview with RNZ on Saturday.

“What stereotypes are they talking about? she asked which RNZ host Kim Hill replied, “male and female.”

“Oh for God’s sake,” Dodd told RNZ. “Actually I have a bitch…I’m just looking at the pile of books I have on the table right now…I have Susie Fogg and you also have to remember female dogs have certain times when they’re not supposed to gallop anyway,” she added.

“Isn’t it crazy, people are just too politically correct,” Dodd said.

Dodd was awarded a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009.

She’s not the first author to find herself in hot water over her work. Last year, six Dr Seuss books were withdrawn from publication for containing “racist imagery”.

The announcement came on the late author’s birthday and included the books; And to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street, if I ran to the zoo, to McElligot’s swimming pool, to Beyond Zebra! Great scrambled eggs! and The Cat Quiz.

Discontinued titles include the first Dr. Seuss book, real name Theodor Seuss Giesel, ever published. The stories were pulled from print due to the racist way in which characters of Asian and African ethnicity are depicted.

Dr Seuss Enterprises, which represents the late author and illustrator, made the announcement saying “these books portray people in a hurtful and false way”.