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The Grinny Granny Donkey by Craig Smith, illus. by Katz Cowley. Pub. Scholastic, 2020.

December 4, 2020 Comments off

Grinny Granny is the son of Wonky, the donkey with the artificial leg that has taken the World by storm.

Granny has false teeth and they keep falling out, she also plays the banjo and loves to dunk her biscuits in he favourite brew. When she meets her grandson she is over the moon. Lovely.

Craig Smith has again written a song that you can download and his lyrics build on the things granny does, like clinky and clunky so that the song gets longer as it goes on. It is delightful like the other two books in this series.

Katz Cowley’s illustrations capture the eccentric granny beautifully and her love for her grandson and son Wonky is all over her face.

A great sing-a-long and gift for Xmas.

The Dinky Donkey by Craig Smith Illus. Katz Cowley.

November 1, 2019 Comments off

dinkyThe Dinky Donkey by Craig Smith Illus. Katz Cowley. Pub. Scholastic, 2019.

The Wonky Donkey has a baby, a girl, as cute as can be and she has all four legs. She is a dinky donkey with long eyelids and she loves loud music and painting her toenails pink

But is she as bad as her dad? Read it and find out.

You can download or stream the dinky song.

Great illustrations by Katz Cowley. I loved the hummingbird.

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The Silver Donkey

December 6, 2009 Leave a comment

The Silver Donkey by Sonya Hartnet. Illus. Anne Spudvilas. Pub. Viking, 2004

This is a great war story that questions the morality of war without going in too deep and throwing it in your face.

Set in France during World War One it concerns a blinded soldier who has fled the battle ground and is found by two young French girls Coco and her older sister Marcelle.

In spite of stringent conditions at home the two girls help and feed the soldier who in turn gives them a silver donkey bracelet and tells them stories that involve donkeys in history, one involving a New Zealander.

The soldier then asks the girls to aid his escape home to England and herein lies the drama.

Read this story you will not forget it, I never will.

Very good for school years 5/6 but has wider appeal as Sonya Hartnett is a skilled and insightful writer and tells the story in writing that will make you weep with desire.

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