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by Naomi Parry (subscribe)
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Published June 21st 2015
A Donkey Story with Many Twists Along the Way
A children's book with humorous twists that appeal to young and old is The Wonky Donkey. Written by New Zealander Craig Smith after hearing the joke, "What do you call a donkey with 3 legs? A wonky donkey", it is based on his award-winning children's song.

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The Wonky Donkey

This picture book will appeal to young and old alike, with its hilarious lyrics and illustrations. Each page tells something new about the donkey. It's the funniest illustrated book I have read in ages. A poor three legged (wonky) donkey is walking down a road. He also has only one eye (winky) and enjoys country music (honky tonky) and as he continues walking down the road, we read great repetitious rhyming.

The illustrations by Katz Cowley really add to the humour. Don't miss the "Neigh-ban" sunglasses!

By the final page of the book, children will be in fits of laughter, as the Wonky Donkey ends up by being a spunky, hanky-panky, cranky, stinky, dinky, lanky, honky-tonky, winky, wonkey donkey. There's great fun in listening to the song and trying to predict the new word for each clue given.

This book will have both the reader as well as the listener laughing out loud while the rhyming nature pleases children and teaches them about poetry in its broader sense. A wonderful book to read to a pre-schooler, you will both be in tears of laughter by the end, and the call of "read it again" will be sure to be heard.

Craig Smith's song won the APR Silver Scroll Award for Best Children's Song of the Year. He is a recognised NZ musician who specialises in cruisy, easy listening children's and sometimes humorous acoustic music.

His website is

Katz Cowley has illustrated a number of other books including "The Fidgety Itch" "Willbee the Bumblebee", "All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth", "Seesaw Po" and "The House that Wonky Built".

Her website is:
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