At night, the otherwise tame Slinky Malinki turns into a master thief. How long can he continue his capers before he is caught?
A book about a cat who nicks off with stolen goods is a plausible premise, as those who have had cats in their lives will know. I've heard stories of felines who have opened a neighbour's back door to pinch their dinner, to cats who take lingerie off of clotheslines. Slinky Malinki's mischievous nature pays homage to them all.
Lynley Dodd is an author whose books I grew up with, particularly 'Hairy Maclary' and 'A Dragon in a Wagon.' She has a signature rhythmic style which makes her stories a pleasure to read aloud. There is a sort of lyrical bounce to her writing and she is very clever with her wording. Things like "rascally night" and "rapscallion cat" help to set the mood for Slinky Malinki's nighttime ventures.
The illustrations are lovely and lively. Dodd perfectly captures the setting of the story, whether Slinky Malinki is rolling around in autumn leaves or prowling in the moonlight. They really help to pull the reader into the story. It is great for young readers who are discovering the vibrancy that words can wield.