She has herself perfectly positioned so she can see the front yard, is on eye level with the birds in the tree and doesn’t have to hold her own head up.
I just wanted to share her cuteness with you all.
For those of you not in the know, Slinky Malinki is the cat from the Hairy Maclary series of kids books. Lynley Dodd’s sing-song rhymes about a dog from Donaldson’s Dairy and all his friends and relations have amused generations of kiddies.
In this outing, Slinky Malinki (“a bothersome rascal, a pothersome pain”) climbs the Christmas tree: “He knotted the tinsel, and swatted the bell, he battered the baubles and trinkets as well.”
In the morning, the faceless, nameless family put the tree back together again – but where is the Christmas fairy for the top of the tree?
The secularisation of Christmas was one of the most striking parts of the tale for me – the tree features santas and reindeers, but the only Christian iconography I spotted were a couple of star and dove ornaments, and that’s a tenuous connection to what believers call the reason for the season. I’m no expert on kiddie literature, but it’s really nice to see a children’s Christmas book which doesn’t focus on a massive pile of presents, the alien joy of a white Christmas, or going away in a manger. Instead, Slinky Malinki’s Christmas Cracker focuses on the parts of Christmas children (and grown ups) are more likely to experience: the cat knocks over the tree, and everyone has fun putting it back up again. Lovely for religious folk and heathens alike.
The edition I read is a board book, which I understand is for smaller kiddies (disclaimer: I did not test this book on actual children; the testers I had roped in got chickenpox and I begged off our story-book-date because I’m a bad friend). But it looks like it could withstand chewing, and has a sparkly boarder around the edge of the cover which is a huge bonus at any age.
The pictures are of course lovely, full of movement and life. Dodd is obviously a cat lover – she’s captured Slinky Malinki trying to rip the guts out of a teddy bear perfectly. Aw, bless.
It’s my understanding that kiddie books have to be tolerable to adults as well as children – especially if they’re to be read aloud. An aunt of mine can still recite some drivel about tractors, which is both a fun party trick and a fairly good reason not to have children at all. That’s the downside of fun rhymes – they can turn into earworms as easily as a pop song. Thinking about this, all my kiddie books mysteriously disappeared about five minutes after I could read, something I’m suddenly no longer sure is a coincidence.
But Slinky Malinki’s Christmas Crackers is a joy to read and perfect for the festive season. Buy a copy for all the little ones on your list and they’ll love you for it.
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I have a problem. I’m going to the library again (as part of the plan to kindle a flame for the written word in Little Monster) and I’ve remembered why I didn’t go to the library.
Because I have a problem.
These are just my library books, these aren’t the books I own that I have to read or the books I’ve got that I have to review! Why did I go to the library and get MORE books out? I was just returning books! I don’t have time to read all the books in the world, or even just in the library!
I think we all know what needs to be done.
Someone needs to pay me to read.