The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith & Katz Cowley

The Wonky Donkey: Craig Smith & Katz Cowley (Hodder Childrens' Books, 2013)

The Wonky Donkey: Craig Smith & Katz Cowley (Hodder Childrens’ Books, 2013)

A book review! I know, it’s been two weeks since the last one, but I just haven’t been in the right frame of mind to write any recently. Time to catch up on some of the overdue review books though!

I am in two minds about The Wonky Donkey. When it arrived and I started reading I chuckled to myself at the first few pages and thought it was awesome; but only thought that for about half the book and then it fell apart for me. I like the idea of it – lots of repetition and silliness – but the language doesn’t work in UK English for me. I thought it was American, but it’s actually by a New Zealander and was originally a song:


There’s a CD with the book, which is probably of Craig Smith singing The Wonky Donkey but I’m afraid this is a terrible review because I’ve completely misplaced the book and we’ve not listened to the CD. The song does seem to be horribly catchy though! I only read the book to MG and DG once and there wasn’t much of a reaction positive or negative to it.

I think it’s a marmite book: you’ll either love it or not. It’s not for us but that’s not to say it isn’t a fun and silly idea that many children and families will find hilarious and enjoy immensely. If you think the song is funny, then this book is for you. I’m keen on silly repetition so it gets our thumbs up for that, Hee-haw!

Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of The Wonky Donkey by Hachette Childrens Books for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.

2 responses to “The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith & Katz Cowley

  1. I had a similar reaction to you when I reviewed the app – I really liked the concept but wanted to like the whole book more than I did. I’m not sure why, perhaps vocabulary and also something about the illustrations made me less sympathetic to the donkey! My two did enjoy it for a while though.

    • For me it’s the vocabulary, especially hanky-panky and spunky. And… I don’t know. I agree with you though, there’s just something that didn’t quite translate. Annoyingly catchy tune though!

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