The Wonky Donkey, by Craig Smith

The Wonky Donkey, by Craig Smith

Our New Zealand trip is coming to an end (insert soft weeping here), and I have one more book that we’ve picked up to share with you. The Wonky Donkey, by Craig Smith, is one of those books that makes you crack up more and more as you read each page aloud, maybe even more than your child. It’s kind of a progressive description of an unfortunate donkey with three legs. A wonky donkey, if you will.

Each page adds another pitiful chronicle of the three legged, one-eyed, country-music loving, tall and thin donkey.

Until finally:

I was walking down the road and I saw a donkey, Hee Haw! He only had three legs, one eye, he liked to listen to country music, he was quite tall and slim, he smelt really, really bad, that morning he’d got up and hadn’t had any coffee, he was always getting up to mischief…but he was quite good looking!

He was a spunky hanky-panky cranky stinky-dinky lanky honky-tonky winky wonky donkey!

It is simply the funniest book I’ve read out loud in a long time. It won a slew of awards in New Zealand- including the NZ Post Children’s Choice Award and NZ Children’s Song of the Year Award. That, actually, would be my only complaint- the accompanying CD in the book with the cloying song that I just can not unlisten to. But it doesn’t detract from the hilarious book, just avoid it.

I’ve linked it above to Amazon, so it’s easily available in the States. We’ll be home in a few days, and I bought another new book today in Auckland that I’m excited to share, though it’s not a Kiwi author. See you soon!

4 thoughts on “The Wonky Donkey, by Craig Smith

  1. Pingback: Room on the Broom, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler | Amélie's Bookshelf

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