NZ Book Month – Slinky Malinky

slinkymalinkiSlinky Malinki, written and illustrated by Lynley Dodd

Hairy Maclary is fun, but I love Slinky Malinki, who is:

blacker than black,
a stalking and lurking
adventurous cat.

By day he is an ordinary cat, but at night he goes out on the prowl, stealing from all over the neighbourhood. One night he steals a mountain of stuff, tugging it home and piling it up high on the mat. But it all tumbles over, creating a cacophony which wakes up the entire neighbourhood. The family is appalled, and Slinky Malinki is deep in disgrace.

NEVER again
did he answer the call
when moon shadows danced
over garden and wall.
When whispers of wickedness
stirred in his head,
he adjusted his whiskers
and stayed home instead.

There are some very sayable words and phrases in this book – “pilfered and pillaged” “rapscallion cat” – and some excellent sound effects to go with the tumbling pile of plunder, making this a very enjoyable book to read aloud. It’s possibly my favourite book by Lynley Dodd, along with two or three others (still to come).


NZBMsmlI’m taking up Ele’s challenge, and blogging a book a day in October, which is New Zealand Book Month. All the books are by New Zealand authors.


3 comments on “NZ Book Month – Slinky Malinky

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  3. mimbles says:

    Slinky Malinki is my favourite by far, I love it to bits. I sort of need a new copy but there are too many memories bound up in the torn and scribbled-on pages of our original one and I can’t bring myself to replace it.

    My son could “read” this one to his 18 month old sister when he was 3, it was the only book he did that with. I can still read it aloud pretty much without looking at the pages 10 years down the track – handy skill when reading to a group of kids who all want to see the pictures 🙂

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