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Slinky Malinki Early Bird {what we’re reading}

20/05/2014

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - Slinky Malinki Early Bird

Or “Purple Slinky” as it’s known in our house! The original Slinky Malinki (“Yellow Slinky”) has been a firm favourite around here for ages, and when Kitty found Purple Slinky in the library she snatched it up in delighted recognition of the one cat that she doesn’t run away from (she’s not a fan of the real life versions).

And while I’m not sure it could ever quite top the original in my affections, Purple Slinky does raise more than a few wry smiles. There’s just something about the story of a cat who knows “just what to do” to wake up the family and pester them up and out at some unearthly hour of the morning that I suspect is familiar to anyone that ever owned a cat and is most certainly true for anyone who’s ever had small children.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - Slinky Malinki Early Bird

I’d give testament that Kitty can do a remarkably accurate Slinky Malinki impression trying to bounce like a ball on the bed, and as for yowly songs, well if you count “WAKEY WAKEY DADDY! It’s Morning Times!!!”, which is almost always followed by a smooch on the cheek, then I think she’s got it nailed.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - Slinky Malinki Early Bird

In fact, writing this down I’m beginning to wonder whether perhaps the reason for Purple Slinky’s popularity is less that she enjoys the story and more that she views it as an instruction manual. Oops.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - Slinky Malinki Early Bird

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - Slinky Malinki Early Bird

Although, if she decides to take Slinky’s lead and, mission accomplished, heads straight back to bed, then perhaps we’re on to a good thing. Perhaps? Please!

I malign the poor child I know, she’s actually pretty good at going to sleep and if she or her sister happen to wake up as a bundle of energy on a lovely bright sunny day, well there are definitely worse things in the world!

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - Slinky Malinki Early Bird

Whatever the effect of Purple Slinky, I don’t think I’m ever going to find a Lynley Dodd story that I won’t quite happily read again and again and again, and this is no exception; the bedtime story request has been “Purple Slinky and then Yellow Slinky” since we took it out from the library, and we’ve been happy to oblige, both stories just trip off the tongue so easily, and even if there aren’t quite the tongue twisters of the original, there are still lots of lovely words to wrap yourself around, and as always, the gorgeous illustrations.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - Slinky Malinki Early Bird

I love how they always seem to expand Kitty’s vocabulary too; she will sit and try to read the story to herself, and she obviously recognises the drawings and remembers which words should go with the picture.  She wouldn’t recognise a wickerwork chair if it came up and meowed at her, but I’ll hear her murmuring away to herself; “Slinky Malinki got out of bed; past the piano …. wickerwork chairs…” while Elma looks on with rapt attention and a general aura of innocence that attempts to mask the fact that her attention is not so much to the story as to Kitty, and she’s waiting eagle-eyed for a chance to pinch the book from her sister’s lap.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - Slinky Malinki Early Bird

I’d love to claim it’s because she too adores the story but if we’re being honest here she likes to turn the pages, and then what she really likes is to slide her hands between the book cover and the plastic library cover – it’s a simple pleasure but apparently deeply satisfying!

Space for the Butterflies: What We're Reading

I’m still a little in shock because last week Vickie managed to find a Peter Bently book that I hadn’t seen before – and it looks just as good as all the others, and is now firmly on the wish list! And if you have a favourite, or just something fun your little ones have enjoyed reading lately please do join us. The linky is always open for the whole week so there’s plenty of time. And so, without further ado, it’s over to you to tell me what we should be reading!



 

 

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  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 21/05/2014 at 12:02 am

    Can’t go wrong with a bit of Slinky Malinky!! We’re big Lyndsey Dodd fans here too… And I can resonate with Elma’s passion for plastic book covers! Xx

    • Carie 22/05/2014 at 7:45 am

      I think I love Slinky Malinki the best out of all the Lynley Dodd books – there’s just something so unapologetically cheeky about him isn’t the!

  • Vickie 21/05/2014 at 5:22 pm

    I’ve never heard of Slinky Malinky and now I’m intrigued. Must track it down at the library.

    Also, I love Kitty & Elma’s outfits in these photos. So summery!

    • Carie 22/05/2014 at 7:47 am

      Oh now you really must – or anything else by Lynley Dodd for that matter, such gorgeous language they’re always fun to read!

  • Claire @ Great British Family 22/05/2014 at 8:44 pm

    I’m sure I’ve mentioned on here before, we are big Lynley Dodd fans in this house too. We bought hairy mclary from Donaldson’s dairy whilst I was pregnant. We loved reading it so much that we picked up a bargain (15 books for £15) collection for Poppet at Christmas. Like you I love the language and the way the words just slip off the tongue. I don’t think purple slinky is in our collection, I will have to see if we can find it in the library.

    • Carie 22/05/2014 at 9:48 pm

      We’ve only got Hairy MacLary and Zachary Quack of the Hairy MacLary series which hasn’t quite hit the girls’ stride yet – I’ll bring it back out again when Elma starts following and copying everything Kitty does, and see if it resonates then!!

  • sally 23/05/2014 at 10:19 pm

    I love Lynley Dodd too, and so have all my little ones. Her illustrations are gorgeous as well as her use of language, some of her word choices are just inspired. We have so many favourites (if you love Slinky Malinki try ‘Open the Door’,and Cat Flaps too, but Hairy Maclary at the vets would be right up there too, in fact just all of them!)BUT we haven’t seen this one, so thank you very much for bringing it to our attention and we’ll be off lickety split to find it!

    • Carie 25/05/2014 at 6:15 pm

      Ooo – I haven’t seen Open the Door or Cat Flaps – time to try a little library/book shop stalking!! Thank you for the top tip 🙂