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Slinky Malinki
File:Slinky Malinki.jpg
AuthorLynley Dodd
IllustratorLynley Dodd
CountryNew Zealand
LanguageEnglish
GenreChildren's book
PublisherMallinson Rendel
Publication date
1990
Media typePrint (hardback)
Pages30 (unpaginated)
ISBN9780908606665
OCLC27314802
Preceded byHairy Maclary's Rumpus at the Vet 
Followed byHairy Maclary's Showbusiness 


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Slinky Malinki, first published in 1990,[1][2] is one of a well-known series of books by New Zealand author Lynley Dodd.[3] It features the adventures of the stalking and lurking adventurous cat Slinky Malinki who is a common cat during the day but becomes a thief as night falls.[4]

The book is written for pre-school children, with rhythmic, rhyming text. It has become a best-selling bedtime story book in New Zealand.

Malinki is based on Dodd's cat, Wooskit, who was with her for 13 years.[5] The Guardian lists Malinki amongst the top ten cats in children's fiction.[6] Original artwork of him has been part of a travelling exhibition over a number of years,[7][8][9] and he is part of a sculpture of some of Dodd's characters at Tauranga.[10]

Reception[edit | edit source]

The book received mixed reviews when first published. School Library Journal found that "While there's nothing wrong with this book, there's nothing to recommend it, either", and concluded "It's hard to imagine many preschoolers who would sit through the whole book. There's just nothing to it."[3] By contrast, a reviewer for Booklist compared Malinki to one of Eliot's cats, highlighted the verse and illustrations, and concluded that "New readers will find the vocabulary varied and occasionally challenging but are sure to enjoy the fun."[11] Multiple editions have been published in the UK and US, as well as Australia and New Zealand, most recently in 2015. A translation into Russian was published in 2011.

It has also been reviewed by Magpies magazine.[12]

It is used in the teaching of language to children.[13]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. McKenzie-McLean, Johanna (21 July 2015). "Slinky Malinki reaches old-age milestone". The Southland Times. p. 1. ISSN 0112-9910.
  2. Mann, Brittany; Beach, Andrew (25 July 2015). "Slinky still cat's whiskers at 25". The Press. New Zealand. p. A7.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Moesch, Christine A. (August 1991). "Slinky Malinki (Book)". School Library Journal. 37 (8): 144. ISSN 0362-8930.
  4. Slinky Malinki at Fantastic Fiction
  5. "Slinky Stealing Limelight". Otago Daily Times. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  6. Pip Jones (31 January 2014). "Pip Jone's Top 10 Cats In Children's Books". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 September 2019. From adorable Mog to the more villainous Slinky Malinki and Macavity and the downright nasty Mrs Norris, children's fiction is packed full of unforgettable felines.
  7. "Lynley Dodd: A Retrospective 26 January - 24 March 2013". waikatomuseum.co.nz. Waikato Museum. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  8. "Lynley Dodd: A Retrospective, A Tauranga Art Gallery, New Zealand, Travelling Exhibition: 6 jun. — 19 jul. 2014". goulburnregionalartgallery.com.au. Goulburn Regional Gallery. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  9. "The Lynley Dodd Exhibition - Redcliffe Library, 8 December 2017 - 17 March 2018". theredcliffepeninsula.com.au. The Redcliffe Peninsula. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  10. "The Strand Reserve". tauranga.govt.nz. Tauranga City Council. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  11. "Slinky Malinki". Booklist. American Library Association. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  12. "Slinky Malinki (Book Review)". Magpies: Talking About Books For Children. Magpies Magazine. March 1993. p. 37. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  13. "Becoming Curious About Cats: A Collaborative Writing Project". Australian Journal of Language and Literacy. Australian Literacy Educators' Association. 33 (2): 134–151. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 10 September 2019 – via GALE.

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