Book Spotlight: The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith & Katz Cowley (Scholastic NZ)

Have you seen this book yet?

This award-winning, bestseller has been extremely popular of late, due in part to the visits that Craig Smith has been making to book stores all over Australia. (Read an interview with the author at Kids’ Book Review).

The book was also included on this year’s ‘Get Reading! 50 Books You Can’t Put Down’ list. Once you read it, you’ll soon agree that it’s a story that you and your children will want to read over and over again!

‘The Wonky Donkey’ by Craig Smith is an absolute hoot and the graphic illustrations by Katz Cowley are a real winner with the kids.

We first meet a donkey in this story that only has one leg. As we turn each page we learn about each of his quirky characteristics,  and so begins the cumulative story about one very interesting donkey.

The book reminds me of the memory game we used to play in primary school: ‘I went to the shop and I bought an apple…. I went to the shop and I bought a banana and an apple…. I went to the shop and I bought a cantaloupe, a banana and an apple……’ Did you play that game?

Kids find the story fascinating and hilarious. They will probably also giggle at you getting your tongue twisted as you read the story. Listening to Craig Smith sing his story, (CD comes with the book) certainly puts my storytelling to shame.  It is a story that suits all ages, and I have an activity that brings this ‘Winky Wonky Donkey’ to life.

See a full review at Kids’ Book Review

The Wonky Donkey

Author/Illustrator: Craig Smith & Katz Cowley

Publisher: Scholastic NZ

EAN:978-0545261241

Suitable for : Ages 3+

Book Spotlight: The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith & Katz Cowley (Scholastic NZ)

  1. I love this book and so does my 4 year old….the faster you read it the funny it can become.

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