The wonky donkey by Craig Smith; illustrated by Katz Cowley (2009)

The wonky donkey is hilarious. “I was walking down the road and I saw a donkey. Hee haw! And he only had three legs! He was a wonky donkey.”

Poor old wonky donkey’s problems get increasingly worse until his final incarnation as a, “spunky hanky-panky cranky stinky-dinky lanky honky-tonky winky wonky donkey!”

Yup, you should be nervous, that’s a whole lot of tangly words to get your lips around. What’s great is that the accompanying CD does a far better job of singing this song than you could ever hope to accomplish. There is nothing shameful in bowing to someone else’s superiority and just being there to turn the pages. Of course, if you’re anything like me, this suggestion will set you a-bristling. Consider out wonky-ing Craig Smith your challenge for next year!IMG_1184

If you need to be more than just a book-holder, here’s an alternative. A fabulous colleague, Chris, used to act out the actions while the song played and I took the mute page-turning role. He was also highly skilled though, I’d classify this challenge as at extra-for-experts level. The kids lapped it up.

A whole heap of lopsided fun.

Check out The wonky donkey at Auckland Libraries.

Or buy The wonky donkey from Fishpond.


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