The Wonky Donkey is a children's book that was written by Craig Smith and illustrated by Katz Cowley and published by Scholastic in 2010. It had a modest print run and sold a decent amount before it went out of print. In 2018, a video was uploaded to YouTube of a Scottish grandmother laughing hysterically to herself as she read the book to her infant grandson.
The video went viral and immediately led to a massive surge of interest in the book. Scholastic responded to the high demand by bringing the book back into print with a new print run of 500,000 copies. The wave of attention triggered by the video of the giggling granny caused a huge uptick of sales for the Wonky Donkey. In the United States, it sold over 100,000 copies within a few short weeks. This is huge when you consider that the book originally only sold 75,000 when it first came out back in 2010.
How did the author react to their out of print book suddenly being thrust onto the bestseller list? It's been completely life-changing. Ever since going viral, Smith has been inundated with requests for The Wonky Donkey and has been busy personally signing dozens of copies and putting them in the mail to send to people. He couldn't be happier. It's been a writer's dream come true.
The Wonky Donkey is a delightful children's book that is a lot of fun to read with a child. Each page starts with the statement "I was walking down the road and I saw a donkey, HEE-HAW!" I put a lot of effort into making the funniest HEE-HAW sound that I could, just to put a smile on my little girl's face. She liked my hee-hawing and soon we were doing it together on every page as loudly and as silly as we could.
The book follows a simple rhyming pattern that starts with the sentence "He was a wonky donkey"
On each page, another word that rhymes with wonky will get added to the sentence until it eventually becomes so long and so silly, you will struggle to read the entire tongue twister without laughing in amusement.
The Wonky Donkey was a very fun book. I have followed the story of how it went viral with great interest. I would definitely recommend this book. It is definitely deserving of all of the attention it is getting.