Kids will love this cumulative and hysterical read-aloud !
“ I was treading down the road and I interpreted . . .
A donkey ,
Hee Haw !
And this is the only way had three legs !
He was a wonky as .”
Children will be in fits of laughter with this perfect read-aloud narrative of an endearing mule. By the book’s final sheet, readers end up with a spunky, hanky-panky, cranky, stinky, dinky, lanky, honky-tonky, winky wonky as !
Craig Smith is the recipient of the 2008 APRA Children’s Song of the Year for The Wonky Donkey. When not writing, Craig toils as a musician and entertainer.
Katz Cowley is an illustrator and schoolteacher who contributes workshops in depicting, innovative journaling, and self expression .
However, even though the story is quite fun to read and will probably get a lot of laughs, I am realizing that calling someone with one less leg than normal as wonkey might be construed as insensitive. Then, again, I think we’ve become a society of entitled people, where anyone can take offense to anything and if they squawk loud enough, heads can roll. I’m not one of those, but if you’re uber-sensitive about labels, even in a fun, play-on-words storybook such as The Wonky Donkey, you might not find it funny. Also, it was rather disturbing to see the bird in the story carry the donkey’s ‘lost eye’ back to its nest. That was rather macabre…and kind of funny, too. Haven’t decided which way I want to feel about it. There’s also one fart joke. Wonky Donkey apparently has a flatulence issue, which explains why he’s ‘smelly’.
The story is hilarious and fun to read, despite the aforementioned shortcomings. In truth, the three-legged, one-eyed donkey might become a favorite with children who are likewise encumbered, as well as with older adults who might have a — — — um- — — different kind of handicap. 😀 It might even create a good foundation for some enlightened discussions about people with handicaps and how not to draw attention to someone with a socially awkward problem.