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.

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