Slinky Malinki's Christmas Crackers is a hilarious rhyming story by Lynley Dodd.
'Christmas was coming. Out came the tree, dressed up in finery, splendid to see. Trinkets and tinsel with baubles and bows, a mouse with a hat and a very red nose . . .'
So begins Lynley Dodd's cracking Christmas tale told in her usual rollicking, rhythmic rhyme.
Festive preparations are being made in Slinky Malinki's house and the rapscallion, mischievous cat is most curious about the Christmas tree.
With its reindeer, ribbons, baubles and bells, it's too tempting a treat for Slinky not to investigate. So Slinky Malinki, with mischievous glee, creeps out from the shadows to climb up the tree . . .