Title: The Grinny, Granny Donkey
Author: Craig Smith, Katz Cowley (illustrator)
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: 1st November 2020
Synopsis: The Grinny Granny Donkey is the third book from Craig Smith and Katz Cowley, the creative team behind the Scottish Granny internet sensation, The Wonky Donkey! At a time when bringing stories of laughter, hope, kindness and courage to children seems more important than ever, The Grinny Granny Donkey delivers a heart-warming hug and a dose of laugh-out-loud family fun in honour of grannies everywhere. This hee-haw funny story by Craig Smith and beautiful illustrations by Katz Cowley guarantee that The Grinny Granny Donkey will become a new favourite picture book.
The Grinny, Granny Donkey is a story about a granny and all her fun and quirky things she does every day, using repetition, rhyming and words that make fun sounds or sound fun to make the story engaging for children, and fun to read. Grinny, Granny Donkey is funky and lives on a heath, with her false teeth that are always falling out.
Each addition is fun and funky, zinky and zonky, and adds to the series that began with the Wonky Donkey. The creative use of language illustrates the rules that can be broken and that words can be created and used in a variety of ways to entice children to enter a world of poetry and words that are magical and thar evoke a sense of the love we have for our grannies.
The fun, rhyming words and story are accompanied by the fun illustrations by Katz Cowley that tie the whole story together, and allow the images to tell half the story. Kids will be attracted to the rhyming, colour and joyful continuation of the Wonky Donkey series that has charmed readers for the past few years.
Picture books are where children start to learn about words and literacy and are often their first venture into story. The power of these books is in their ability to tell stories in accessible ways, not just for children but for all ages.
We all love our grannies, and this book is a testament to that love, and the grannies in our lives and what they do. It is filled with love and whimsy, and the joy we find in our families, which is even more precious in these hard days of the pandemic. This beautiful book will be loved and treasured for years to come.