The Dinky Donkey by Craig Smith, illustrated by Katz Cowley – review

Published by Scholastic

Publication date – 1 November 2019

Source – library copy

Hee haw! Say hello to the Wonky Donkey’s daughter! Hurray – it’s finally here: the laugh-out-loud follow-up to viral sensation The Wonky Donkey. But this time, your hee-hawing hero isn’t alone. The Wonky Donkey now has a stinky-punky plinky-plonky winky-tinky pinky-funky blinky-dinky donkey daughter! Follow the adorable antics of the Dinky Donkey in this sweet and funny rhyming story. Get ready to bray with laughter (hee haw) even louder than you did the first time!

The Wonky Donkey became a bestseller after a video of a grandmother and grandchild reading it, and falling about laughing, went viral. If you have children and haven’t read The Wonky Donkey, then treat everyone in the family to a read. Then pick up The Dinky Donkey, the story of the wonky donkey’s daughter.

When I brought this home from the library my children’s faces lit up, which is always a good sign. We had to read it straight away. Following the same pattern as The Wonky Donkey, the wonderful (and inventive) description of the dinky donkey expands. There is a lovely rhythm to the story, as each page adds a layer to the description of the dinky donkey. My 5 year old gleefully shouts out “it gets longer” each time the story progresses.

The giggles started at pretty much the first page, turning to belly laughs. On repeat proceedings the laughter would occur in anticipation of what was going to happen next. Part of the entertainment obviously comes from watching an adult trying to say all of the words correctly, and without running out of breath.

There is much to love about this book. The rhymes help pull the story along, allowing even the littlest of readers to try to join in with the litany of descriptions for the little donkey. The words are accompanied by delightful illustrations which perfectly match the narrative. For those who are learning to read the flow of the book, with the repetitions makes it ideal to read ‘all by themselves’.

A wonderful addition to any bed time routine. But be warned, spontaneous giggling may occur. Hee Haw!

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