Wonky Donkey man a big drawcard
With at least 10 children’s books, each with its own song on CD in the back and all hugely popular, the children and staff of St Joseph’s Primary School with preschoolers from First Years and Busy Bees were thoroughly entertained when Craig Smith dropped in for a concert and creative writing workshop November 7.
It was an interactive concert, Craig strumming and singing his well-known songs while children operated hand puppets in the audience and sang along, helped by words on a screen.
Craig has some new books out and the children were eager to buy, including The Drizzly Bear and The Scariest Thing in the Garden. He even sang a sequel to the Wonky Donkey — this time when he went to the Paralympics and challenged the children to sing with him the Wonky Alphabet — forwards and backwards.
Craig is on a nine-week tour before Christmas and ran a workshop for years 5-8 students giving them tips on how to write like him.
Lance McIntyre has Craig autograph his two books.
Craig Smith sings about Willbee the Bumblebee at St Joseph’s Primary School on Wednesday November 7.
Kordae Timu looks delighted to operate the Wonky Donkey hand puppet.