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Slinky Malinki
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2002
I bought this book for my 3 year-old son as a birthday present and from the first time we read it, it has become one of our firm favourites! It's told in rhyme and the words flow smoothly and quickly from one page to the next bringing the story to life with wonderful images of a prowling, mischievous cat who ends up in hot water because of his thieving ways. The pictures that go along with it are vibrant and apt, taking the reader along with every weird and wonderful item Slinky Malinki steals and then drags back to his house on the hill. My son was giggling half way through already and didn't stop until the end of this magical tale.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 1999
This book grabbed my 22month old daughter's attention from the first reading. She will ask to have this book read to her over and over again. Linky (as she calls him) is captivating from the first page. My daughter especially loves the part of the story when the dogs on the block go 'Ro Ro Ro Ro' - Lynley Dodd seems to have a knack at making animal noises come alive on paper. My daughter also recommends Hairy McLary from Donaldsons Dairy! A very funny book and a bit of a tongue twister.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 15 June 2007
My child cannot get enough of books; we stumbled across Lynley Dodd quite early in his life and by now have collected nearly everything she has written. While her books range from very good to excellent, Slinky Malinki is just genius: frankly the best children's book I've ever read (I must confess that I am a bit of a book snob, so this is a very high compliment).

At 18 months my child was captivated by the illustrations and events, and the ending fully met his need for drama and excitement. As a parent, I will never tire of reading this book (no mean feat!). It is BEAUTIFULLY written, even by adult standards. I am particularly impressed by the author's use of her extensive vocabulary and the fact that she sees no need to settle for simplistic language in books for small children (the description on the back of the BOARD book is of a cat with "superlative characteristics" -- inside the book you will find words like "rapscallion" and "warbling" --n.b. in the book "Hairy MacLary's Caterwaul Caper" she manages to get in "cacophany"). The way she writes is like magic: the book is very easy to understand, even for the youngest child; it rhymes beautifully, with a rich and varied vocabulary; the words flow off the tongue so easily that you will have this memorized before you even realize it.

I cannot recommend it highly enough!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 11 March 2000
Slinky Malinki is a fabulous book, full of rollicking rhyme which captures the imagination and well describes the escapades of a "stalking, lurking, adventurous cat", whose midnight wanderings go horribly wrong one evening. Fun to read and fun to listen to.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 18 March 2004
Although aimed at young children, I have used this book in the classroom with children up to 11 years of age because it uses a rich and varied style of words and allows the children to see how much feeling can be put into a short piece of writing. It is not only entertaining but also very educational.
Lynley Dodd has written many excellent books but this is definitely one of my favourites.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 September 2000
This book is great fun for children of all ages. Parents and other caregivers get as much fun out of reading this book as the children do in listening and participating. Each opened page is a new adventure and one that does not quell no matter how many times you read it. Not only is the book great fun but also it is a good way to introduce children to the magic of poetry. My five year old can recite it and the (18 month) baby will turn the pages to look at the illustrations herself. My parents too enjoy reading it to their grandchildren and my mother has even taken my elder daughter to a play featuring these characters - such is its appeal. Plot, verse and illustrations all combine to form a great book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 December 2008
This is a firm favourite with our daughter and it's a terrific read which stands up really well to repetition (every night for a week on one occasion). I love the language, so it's fun to read as well as to listen to. Highly recommended!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2013
My son had a reading age of nearly eight when he started school. People asked me how I "taught him to read". Here's the secret. No young child is taught to read. If they love the sounds and images they hear, then they learn to decode what they see. This is one of half a dozen books I read to Peter from the day he was born. He never got bored with it, and neither did I, because it's a brilliant book.It has everything necessary for a good children's read - clever vocabulary, humour, quirky illustrations which aren't vulgar or lazy cartoons, a wicked protagonist, a moral and - best of all- it rhymes. Don't get me started about phonics - reading should be a joy which your child discovers alongside you, not the end result of parrotty lessons from a teacher with a microchip where her imagination should be. Buy this book and have fun!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 1999
This book comes recommended by our three year old son. On bounding home from nursery he regularly recites parts of it, with bubbling enthusiasm.
The atmospheric pictures perfectly complement the rythmic text. A "rapscallion" of a black cat.
We like it as well! Great Fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2010
This book is so funny!
The things this cat gets up to is hilarious - and I don't even really like cats!
My two boys both love it and still laugh at silly slinky malinky and his naughty antics with stolen goods!
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