Posts Tagged ‘Donkeys’

Hattie + Olaf by Frida Nilsson, illus. Stina Wirsen. Pub. Gecko Press, 2021.

August 6, 2021 Comments off

Bizarre story telling of the highest order about a pre teen girl named Hattie who is bonkers about horses. She and her best friend Linda plus other classmates play horses at school all day. Hattie desperately wants a horse but her family cannot afford one.

One day her father brings a horse float home and Hattie thinks her birthday has come but when the float is opened out comes a donkey with floppy ears and she hates it immediately. A donkey is no substitute for a horse and the donkey who is called Olaf knows it straight away. Olaf stands out in the field all day and brays. He is not happy with humans and was mistreated by his previous owner. Hattie and Olaf have not got off to a good start but can it improve? read it and find out.

Hattie goes to school deflated but makes up a story about Olaf that is completely untrue but it makes her very popular with her classmates. however to be a liar you have to have a good memory and circumstances have to go your way. They don’t and Hattie becomes an object of contempt and her life becomes a misery. How can this change because change it must.

Great story telling from this Scandinavian writer who illustrates the lifestyle of people in the far north and their relationships. Illustrated in equally bizarre style by Stina Wirsten who shows the character of Olaf very well and Hattie in all her moods.

Told in short chapters which are easy to read and draw you in. Another gem from Gecko Press.

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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