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Slinky Malinki

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by Lynley Dodd
 

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From the creator of Hairy Maclary comes a new series starring a rascally cat named Slinky Malinki. “What was he up to? At night, to be brief, Slinky Malinki turned into a THIEF.” But by morning, Slinky comes to realize that crime doesn’t pay.This story spins off a character first introduced in HAIRY MACLARY SCATTERCAT. Previously available in the U.S

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From the creator of Hairy Maclary comes a new series starring a rascally cat named Slinky Malinki. “What was he up to? At night, to be brief, Slinky Malinki turned into a THIEF.” But by morning, Slinky comes to realize that crime doesn’t pay.This story spins off a character first introduced in HAIRY MACLARY SCATTERCAT. Previously available in the U.S. only in library binding.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Dodd turns from canines to felines in this tale of a "stalking and lurking, adventurous cat." The hero makes such a ruckus that he wakes his human family. Ages 2-5. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Many children relish book characters' bad behavior, and Slinky Malinki, "a stalking and lurking adventurous cat," is wicked indeed. Each night he changes from a "cheeky and cheerful" house pet into a "fiendish" thief. The skinny, slinky black feline doesn't seem to care what he steals—with evil yellow eyes glowing he drags home heaps of loot for the sheer pleasure of pilfering. Slinky Malinki's hauls are a hodgepodge of miscellaneous household items—"Slippers and sausages, biscuits, balloons, brushes and bandages, pencils and spoons." Of course, the felonious feline gets his comeuppance. He ends up snarled in unraveled yarn, bottles, pegs and glue, a victim of his own pile of ill-gotten plunder. A filched alarm clock goes off, alerting Slinky's owners, who put an end to their pet's thieving career. Dodd's lively rhyming narrative has a smooth yet jumpy rhythm with perfect cadence. It is peppered with humorous, fun-to-read-aloud lists such as "A tatty old sneaker, a smelly old sock and Jennifer Turkington's pottery smock." Watercolor illustrations in nighttime hues portray the lean black pilferer's sneaky, sinuous movements in a manner that recalls the evil twin Siamese cats in Disney's Lady and the Tramp. 2001 (orig. 1990), Gareth Stevens, $21.27. Ages 4 to 7. Reviewer:Robyn Raymer
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-- Told in rhyme, this is the story of a slinky black cat who prowls at night and becomes a thief. After his loot is discovered, he decides to stay home nights. While there's nothing wrong with this book, there's nothing to recommend it, either. The text is somewhat workmanlike, with very precise rhythm but not much charm. The full-color illustrations lack the personality needed to draw children into the story or to make Slinky an interesting character. Quite simply, the cat steals stuff, then stops. It's hard to imagine many preschoolers who would sit through the whole book. There's just nothing to it.-- Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582461489
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
03/15/2005
Series:
Slinky Malinki Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.05(w) x 6.69(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

New Zealander LYNLEY DODD is one of the best-known and best-selling picturebook creators in the English-speaking world. She is also the author/illustrator of the Slinki Malinki series.

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Slinky Malinki 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
birdnerd1 More than 1 year ago
my children LOVE when I read this book to them they are ages 2 years and 3 months old. It is also a favorite of mine to read to them. Very engaging story and the rhyming is fantastic!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of my childen's favorite bedtime or naptime stories. It was also a favorite for me to read to them. It allows for a lot of expression while reading and has a climatic page where the cat's sneaky behavior is discovered. Now it is on our gift list for nieces and nephews.