Friday, November 6, 2015

PPBF: Slinky Malinki, Open the Door

Today's Perfect Picture Book Friday pick

Slinky Malinki, Open The Door, by Lynley Dodd
Slinky Malinki, 
Open the Door
Written and illustrated by Lynley Dodd
Tricycle Press, an imprint of Crown,
a division of Penguin Random House, 1993
Grade K-2

Animals, Humor, Rhyming

"Slinky Malinki and Stickybeak Syd were a troublesome pair;  Do you know what they did?
Alone in the house one mischievous day, they opened a door and they started to play."

Slinky Malinki, Open the Door continues the misadventures of a black cat named Slinky Malinki, who turned 25 last July. Lynley Dodd's hilarious illustrations show the havoc one macaw and one cat can cause when said cat figures out how to turn a doorknob. Slinky gets in trouble in every room of the house until he opens one door too many. Trouble finds him in the wordless ending, just perfect for reading aloud with giggly children.

What I Love:
Lynley Dodd creates lovable characters through art and bouncing rhyming text. The jaunty, "Slinky Malinki jumped high off the floor, he swung on a handle and . . . opened a door." refrain will have young readers shouting along in anticipation. Truthfully, the story is thin, but it has been oft requested and cheerfully repeated in our circles because it's so much fun to read aloud.

Courtesy Kinderart
1. Christchurch City Libraries has posted a short interview with the author / illustrator, or find out more from The Sydney Morning Herald.
2. Lynley Dodd has written over thirty children's books, including a dozen Hairy Maclary and at five starring Slinky Malinki. You can find a bibliography on Storylines and the App Store has a Slinky Malinki ebook bundle available.
3. Euan Frizzell animated a short film which introduces Lynley Dodd's most popular character, the scruffy black dog, Hairy Maclary.
4. Kinderart offers step by step instructions to make a black cat out of paper plates.
5. Make black cat oreos from Party Pinching or snack on Black Cat peanut bars. Plus Black Cat offers kids' activities on their website.
6. Check out these and more Perfect Picture Books at your local library.

Scattercat, a fall story includes Hairy Maclary
Christmas Crackers, for the holidays

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Check out all the recommended titles for Perfect Picture Book Friday
for November 6, 2015 available on Susanna Leonard Hill's blog.


  1. Oh my, I had forgotten how much I love Slinky Malinky!

    1. Glas you've heard of these. We absolutely love this cat! Thanks.

  2. I love so many of the Lynley Dodd books! What a great name for a cat!

    1. Something about her rhythm is very Seussian. The words get stuck in your head too. Thanks.

  3. I have never read this book, but it certainly is a clever story. I love it!

    1. It has fun vocabulary and is great for having young readers anticipate what will happen next. Thanks.

  4. The black cat is adorable, and any excuse to eat Oreos a good one! Enjoying this oldie. :)

  5. What a fun book - and great plate activity! Thanks for sharing... and taking me back to my childhood...

    1. Unfortunately I didn't discover these until my second childhood! Thanks.


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