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Kids will love this cumulative and hysterical read-aloud!
I was walking down the road and I saw . . .
And he only had three legs!
He was a wonky donkey.
Children will be in fits of laughter with this perfect read-aloud tale of an endearing donkey. By the book’s final page, readers end up with a spunky, hanky-panky, cranky, stinky, dinky, lanky, honky-tonky, winky wonky donkey!
The Wonky Donkey sets a precedent for bullying behaviors. Like many others, I thought the video with the Scottish grandma reading it was adorable, so I bought it thinking it would be fun to read to my 7 year old and my toddler. Like many parents, I am doing my best to raise my kids to be accepting of all and to have compassion for those who struggle. This book seems to be severely lacking in both while suggesting that it’s funny to make-fun of others. My 7 year old said “that was kinda mean!” when I asked him for his opinion on it.
I’m sure someone might read my review and say, “it’s just a silly story. Lighten up!” To that I ask, if the story was about a child rather than a donkey, would you still think it was a great book? No! Because that would be cruel. This book suggests to young children that this behavior is ok for anyone. I would give it another star if it concluded with a moral lesson, but it falls miserably short there as well. Disappointed that Scholastic chose to print it.
About the Author
Craig Smith is the recipient of the 2008 APRA Children’s Song of the Year for The Wonky Donkey. When not writing, Craig works as a musician and entertainer. Visit him at craigsmith.co.nz.
Katz Cowley is an illustrator and teacher who leads workshops in drawing, creative journaling, and self-expression.
- Age Range: 3 – 5 years
- Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten
- Lexile Measure: 990 (What’s this?)
- Paperback: 24 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; 1st edition (May 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0545261244
- ISBN-13: 978-0545261241
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.1 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6,218 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)