During the daylight hours Slinky Malinki is a friendly, cheeky cat. But night uncovers his secret side – friendly becomes fiendish, slinky becomes sly. He has even been known to steal . . .
Twenty-five years on from his first published adventure, Slinky Malinki is one of the great cats of children’s literature. The Slinky Malinki™ stories make up five of the 20 bestselling titles in the Hairy Maclary and Friends™ series, which has been translated into several languages and has sold more than nine million copies worldwide.
Prototypes of this famous feline character have prowled through Dame Lynley Dodd’s art and picture books for decades, stalking and lurking in her sketches and illustrations throughout the sixties and seventies.
However it was in 1990, with the debut of his self-titled book Slinky Malinki, that this cheeky and thieving black cat really stole our hearts. The story of his moonlit stealing spree and fall into deep disgrace was an instant bestseller in his home country of New Zealand, and his popularity swiftly spread throughout the rest of the world with simultaneous publications in Australia, the UK and the USA.
Slinky’s enormous popularity is perhaps partly due to the fact that he is such a familiar and recognisable character – over the last 25 years Lynley Dodd has received a multitude of letters from readers describing similarly ‘Slinky’ black cat antics and sharing photos of Slinky Malinki lookalikes.
Slinky Malinki has starred in five of his own adventures to date: Slinky Malinki (1990); then Slinky Malinki, Open the Door (1993) where he teams up with the parrot Stickybeak Syd, to wreak havoc on a house in broad daylight; in Slinky Malinki Catflaps (1998), he wakes up the entire neighbourhood while hobnobbing with his friends; in Slinky Malinki’s Christmas Crackers (2006) he gets up to his usual tricks by meddling with the Christmas tree; and he pesters his long-suffering family out of their beds at an indecent hour in Slinky Malinki, Early Bird (2012).
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