Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy and Slinky Malinky by Lynley Dodd
Today’s blog is a sort of book review for all those who will soon be celebrating their first Christmas. It is an exciting time for parents, if not for their new family members, and I am hoping that somewhere in the mass of presents there will be some books to encourage reading. Thinking about this reminded me of a first Christmas 9 years ago and the books I bought for that special day.
There were some books especially for the baby, but there was one also for me, to encourage me to read to my new bub. Like many parents, when reading out loud I liked books that rhymed. I am sure it helped with the flow of words, but also because they are easier to remember when you are tired and don’t have the energy to actually ready the words.
That first Christmas, so far from home I wanted a taste of my roots and I decided to buy a Lynley Dodds book. We have so many of her books now it is hard to believe my concern over whether I should buy Hairy MacClary because he was there first, or Slinky Malinky because we had a black cat. In the end it was the first couple of pages that sold me … “Slinkey Malinky was blacker than black, a stalking and lurking adventurous cat. He had bright yellow eyes and a warbling wail and a kink at the end of his very long tail.” What’s not to like?
I fell in love with the rather naughty Slinkey Malinky on the first read, and our whole family love the books about this very cat like cat and, especially at this time of year, his Christmas Crackers book. As my son grew older and we chose books together we ended up buying Hairy Maclary books as well. We like the fact that, like most dogs, Hairy Maclary has many friends and spends much of his time in trouble, and in the end it was two of his friends who ended up becoming our favourites: Schnitzel von Krumm with the very low tum is so funny in Dogs Never Climb Trees and Basketworks, and my personal favourite is Zachary Quack who brings out a different side of our doggy friend.
Whoever you decided is your favourite Lynley Dodds character, you should consider popping one of her board books in your bub’s first Christmas stocking, I am sure you will never regret it!
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