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Something new for Hairy fans?
This fun children's books is written by Lynley Dodd, who also wrote the Hairy Maclary books. So if you are familiar with Hairy you will know just the kind of book you have in store!
This book is currently available on amazon for £4.29.
This book follows the exploits of Slinky Malinki, a black and slightly raggedy looking cat that is quite a happy and friendly chap during the day, but turns into an evil robber during the night! On one particular night, Slinky gets really carried away, nicking all sorts of stuff from everyone in town. Needless to say, he gets his comeuppance in the end!
There are two things that make this book so special. One is the illustrations which are full of detail and atmosphere. Slinky himself is given so much character and expression in these lovely drawings that it's impossible not to like looking at them.
And the best thing of all about this and other books by Lynley Dodd is the way the story is told in rhyme. And the use of language is so clever - the words aren't necessarily typically 'child-friendly', but the lines flow so well that it certainly seems to captivate my daughter!
To give you an idea, the book begins:
was blacker than black, a stalking and lurking adventurous cat.
He had bright yellow eyes,
a warbling wail
and a kink at the end
of his very long tail."
Each page continues in this fashion, and the story has a real rhythm when you read it out loud.
We have several of Dodd's books and they always seem to grab the attention of my three-year old daughter - which isn't always easy! And this one is no different. She seems fascinated by Slinky's antics and loves to look at the pictures, but I think it's the verse that really grips her as it is so easy and fun to listen to.
I think this will continue to be a favourite of ours for a good few years to come and I would happily add to our collection of Lynley Dodd books. Recommended!
Slinky Malinki is one of those books in our house which is read again and again. We were first introduced to the books of Lynley Dodd when a friend recommended the Hairy Maclary series of stories.These proved a huge hit with my sons, then aged around 18 months, and continue to be firm favourites almost two years on. We were keen to discover what else Lynley Dodd has written, and were not dissapointed by Slinky Malinki.
Slinky Malinki tells the tale of a lovable cat, cheeky and charming by day, who turns into a thief at night. In Lynley Dodds characteristic rhyming style we see Slinky Malinki travel all over town stealing slippers, sausages, baloons, glue pots, a teddy bear and all sorts of other items, dragging them all home to his house on the hill. One night when he over stretches himelf however, Slinky Malinki ends up in a sticky situation, much to the outrage of his family.
Slinky Malinki is a lovely story which my sons both really enjoy, and I would thoroughly recommend to any pre-schoolers. Although it is a tale that young children can really enjoy, I love the fact that, typically for Lynley Dodd, it used wonderful rich language, rather than sticking to basic terms. Words such as rapscallion don't often crop up in stories aimed at young children but this rich language really adds to the feel of the story. The vivid illustrations really bring the story to life, making it a wonderful book to share with your child. If you haven't read any Lynley Dodd stories, I would recommend them all, and if you have enjoyed his others books then this one won't dissapoint!
Leave your dignity at the bedroom door. Its far too much of a hindrance for any Lynley Dodd story, particularly this one with its requirements for impersonations of dogs, alarm clocks and random crashes and bangs. The storys just not the same without an Oscar winning soundtrack performed as a solo by you the reader.
Lynley Dodd stories leave my daughters laughing out loud and Slinky Malinki is no exception. The story itself is simple enough. What makes it spectacular is the detail woven into rhyme on every page. Its a pleasure to listen to and a joy to read. In this particular tale Slinky Malinki is an ordinary cat on nocturnal walk about. A walk about worthy of a kleptomaniac. The sheer diversity and volume of items aquired and the ingenuity required to get them all home makes for very entertaining reading. Not half as entertaining though as the series of unfortunate events which unfold when Slinky Malinki piles the items up high on his mat. Even the most serious of adults can't fail to find this funny. The pictures add to the story but quite frankly they aren't needed, the picture in your head created by the text is far better.
Retailing at a ridiculously expensive £5.99 in paperback its worth investing in one of Lynley Dodds many hardback compilations of 5 stories for £12.99, especially if that book happens to contain Catterwaul Capers and Rumpus at the Vet.
Slinky Malinki is a feline character created but the award winning children's author Lynley Dodd. The New Zealand author's creation, the scruffy terrier Hairy Maclary, spawned many friends in the books with him as the main character, and Dodd has since written books with Maclary's friends as the main characters.
Slinky Malinki features the cat as he goes about his devious prowlings in the night, collecting anything he can find from milk bottles to jeans to string. He keeps collecting until finally he ahs too many things and makes a huge noise. The family he belongs to are woken up and stumble in on him surrounded by his 'junk', and the next day they give everything back.
The rhyming and prose in this book are very well done, and the educational side of the book is once again prevalent in the lesson that it is wrong to take things that aren't yours. The book is quite short, as are the majority of Dodd's books for children, and the price is quite high for the amount of pages, at £4.99, but it is worth having as the book is very well written and the illustrations accompanying each page are cheeky and effective.
This is yet another stunning rhythmic tale by the award winning writer and illustrator, Lynley Dodd.
Slinky Malinki is a very slim black cat with piercing yellow eyes and the pointiest of thin tails.
There are other books about Slinky Malinki:
Slinky Malinki Catflaps
Sliky Malinki, Open the door
Slinky Malinki's Christmas Crackers
In true Lynley Dodd's style this is all told in rhyme.
The book begins with a description of SM:
'Slinky Malinki was blacker than black,
A stalking and lurking adventurous cat.
He had bright yellow eyes, a warbling wail and a kink at the end of his very long tail.'
During the day, SM would play with the leaves but at night time he'd would prowl and pry, creeping along fences and walls, sneaking in to halls etc.
Why?...... At night SM turned in to a thief.
Pilfering and pillaging anything he could get his teeth in to!
One night, SM stole so many things, taking each one back to his house on the hill, he decided to pile them all up.... Unfortunately for SM they all crashed to the floor waking the family who declared:
"What a criminal cat!
Tomorrow we'll have to take EVERYTHING back."
That was enough to teach SM the error of his ways and never again did he pilfer or pillage:
' When whispers of wickedness stirred in his head,
he adjusted his whiskers and stayed home instead.'
Style and Format
As with all Lynley Dodd's books there are alternate pages of text and illustrations.
The rhyme is brilliant and children will be joining in with the story after the second or third reading of it.
I have read this to 2 to 7 year olds and it's great for participation and identifying rhyme.
She uses some very interesting and unusual vocabulary which is great for literacy work with older children:
~ stalking and lurking
~ warbling wail
~ prowl and pry
~ fiendish and sly
Lynley Dodd is a superb illustrator capturing the mischievous side of SM when he is stealing the bits and bobs as well as the look of despair and embarrassment when he is caught out by the family.
As with many of her books, there aren't any full length drawings of the humans, only from the thigh downwards.
My paperback ISBN: 0-14-054439-9 was £4.99 but amazon are selling used and new ones from just 1p as well as board book versions.
It's well worth looking at Lynley Dodd's books from Slinky Malinki to Hairy Maclary and Scarface Claw. Children love them and they are brilliant educational tools while at the same time offering children enjoyment and fun!
It is midnight in the neighbourhood, and evil lurks around every corner. Will your possessions be safe from these forces? Doubtful, because Slinky Malinki is on the prowl! As anyone who regularly reads my opinions will know, Lynley Dodd's stories are amongst my favourite. Forget the "grown-up" books; I am a children's fiction fan, and I will continue to enjoy reading this particular genre of books for as long as I can get away with it! Back to the book in question: The sleek, black cat with the kink in the end of his tail is a bit of a double-sided character. By day, he was fun to have around. He did all the endearing things that all cats do, such as chase leaves and roll in the sunshine. As night fell, however, Slinky Malinki changed completely. He would stalk the local area, hiding in shadows and prowling through the streets. He would sneak about the neighbours' properties and steal whatever took his fancy. Unlike a lot of cats (around here, anyway!) he wasn't always in search of food - although finding anything edible was obviously an advantage; oh, no, Slinky Malinki was a far more sophisicated type of cat-burglar! Nothing was safe from this character: slippers, pencils, balloons, teddy bears... the list is endless. One particular night, Slinky Malinki excelled himself. In just four bewitching hours, he stole more than he could ever have imagined. Everything from "A squishy banana" to "a cushion from Oliver Tulliver's den" went to make up his stash of goods. Even poor old Jennifer Turton lost her pottery smock! The naughty little rascal (Lynley Dodd refers to him as a "rapscallion cat", which I think is superb!) piled up his night's work on the mat. Suddenly, disaster struck! The usually agile and lithe cat got in such a muddle with his huge hoarding that he ended up covered in glue, tangled in wool, and he fell onto
a clock, setting off its alarm. Naturally, the resultant barking from the local dogs woke the family. Slinky Malinki was caught! The sad, disgraced cat had lost all respect from his family - and the beautiful illustrations show just how bad this was! So that was the end of Slinky Malinki's night time adventures. Instead, he stayed in the house, and merely watched as the outside world passed him by. Yet again, I have to mention the superb style of writing from Lynley Dodd. The rhymes and rhythms make this a story to enjoy for anyone, young or old. Perfect for reading aloud to groups of children!
What might three businessmen in a pub discuss? Slinky Malinki of course!! It took my father and his colleagues half an hour to fully cover the virtues of this book, I will attempt to be a little bit quicker. Lynley Dodd has written numerous books about a group of cats and dogs, these include Slinky Malinki, Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy and Hairy Maclary's Caterwaul Caper. All of her books are written in rhyme and can be read to a jaunty rhythm. She has a way with language that conjures up the most wonderful imagery. Lynley Dodd also brings the characters to life with her vivid illustrations. Slinky Malinki is a blacker than black cat who is friendly and cheeky during the day. At night though, he turns into a wicked fiendish thief who goes off and steals what he can from the neighbours. Some of his loot includes a pen, glue, brushes, spoons, and even a teddy bear. As with most cats these prized possessions are brought home. Unfortunately Slinky is not as stealthy as he should be and his family catch him red handed, and he ends up deep in disgrace. Look out for the expression on Slinky's face when he gets caught it is priceless! This book is frequently requested in our house, my seven-year-old can recite it off by heart. It is an absolute joy to read as it rolls off your tongue and the expression comes naturally. Children should have at least one Lynley Dodd book in their bookcase and I recommend it be this one. A must for parents and children alike. Superb. Slinky Mailinki is published by Puffin and costs £4.99, however at Amazon it costs £3.99. ISBN 0-14-054439-9
A rhyming book about a Black Cat who steals anything and everything.