The Dinky Donkey is a children's picture book written by Craig Smith and illustrated by Katz Cowley. It was published by Scholastic on 1 November 2019. It is 24 pages long and suitable for children between 3 and 5 years of age.
The Dinky Donkey is the sequel to The Wonky Donkey (2010), which shot to viral internet stardom in 2018 after a Scottish granny was filmed laughing to herself as she read the book to her grandchild. The Scottish granny caused so much interest in The Wonky Donkey, Scholastic ordered a new print run of 500,000 copies. The book saw a big rise in sales, which stunned the author, who had only managed to sell 75,000 copies of it when it was first published. Did you know there is even a Wonky Donkey music video? Check it out here!
The Dinky Donkey is a fun sequel to The Wonky Donkey. The book is about the Wonky Donkey's daughter and what makes her special. The book features adorable illustrations and uses rhyming and repetition. It is a lot of fun to read and the simple language is great for helping a child's reading skills and development.
One criticism I have for this book is how similar it is to The Wonky Donkey. The Dinky Donkey is the same book as The Wonky Donkey, the rhymes and repetitions are the same, meaning that there is not much that sets it apart from the first book. That saying, it's still worth reading and is a great book.
I really liked the character of Dinky. She has large, expressive eyes and is a mischievous, cheeky little thing, who likes to wear large sunglasses, listen to punk music and paint her toes pink. Her dad is really proud of her, too.
You know who else loves this book? The Scottish granny! Check out this video of her reading the new book to her grandchild.