NZ Book Month – Slinky Malinki Catflaps

slinkimalinkicatflapsSlinky Malinki Catflaps, written and illustrated by Lynley Dodd

Slinky Malinki is having a quiet evening at home in front of the fire when, cat fashion, he feels that he must get up and explore outdoors. He meets up with nine of his cat friends, and they all sit happily on a wall, enjoying the night air. But then, Scarface Claw comes calling, and…

all at once,
came the EARSPLITTING sound
of a caterwaul symphony
echoing round.
‘Brrrr – owwwWWW
Brrrr – owwwWWW
SSSSSS – pittapit
FSSSSS – pittapit

Unsurprisingly, it wakes all the neighbours. I’m sure that when my girls and I read the book, and did our best with the caterwaul symphony, although we didn’t waken our neighbours, we may well have alarmed them(7pm bedtime for the girls back then, so I doubt that any neighbours were in bed and asleep at that time). It was tremendous fun.

The cats all race home, without Scarface Claw, back in through Slinky Malinki’s catflap, and they settle down in front of the fire place.

Slinky Malinki
was cosy and snug,
with all of his friends
on the raggedy
They sat in the firelight’s
welcoming glow,
hobnobbing happily
ten in a

And all is peaceful again.

Until you see the visual punchline on the last page. It took me a year to spot it, and even longer for the girls.

This book is full of Lynley Dodd trademarks – simple and effective story, sound effects, pictures full of motion. It works very well for small children, and it worked for me too.


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.


One response to “NZ Book Month – Slinky Malinki Catflaps

  1. Heheh. Poor Scarface, he really just wants to be loved 🙂