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Craig Smith (1) (1972–)

Author of The Wonky Donkey

For other authors named Craig Smith, see the disambiguation page.

9 Works 4,019 Members 46 Reviews

About the Author

Born in Clyde, central Otago, New Zealand, in 1972, Craig Smith grew up living in the scenic South Island tourist town of Queenstown with his mother and five siblings. Craig has worked at a variety of jobs, from cook to ski instructor. As a child he remembers telling his mother, "When I grow up, show more I'm going to become a musician." Her answer? "You can't do both!" She was right. Although he spends much of his time writing songs for an adult audience, Craig couldn't escape his childish side and was soon writing songs ""or the less mature." In late 2007, Craig released his first kids' album Not Just for Kids. The first track from this album - THE WONKY DONKEY - won the APRA NZ Children's Song of the Year Award in 2008 and ended up making the top 25 songs in the children's section of the ISC International Songwriting Contest - the world's biggest song competition. In 2009, The Wonky Donkey was published as a book with hilarious illustrations by Craig's friend, Katz Cowley. This talented duo is now working on another book and song project - Willbee the Bumblebee - due out from Scholastic next year. Craig now lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, and, when he is not working on his children's music/books, he works as an itinerant musician, playing in restaurants and pubs, at market days and festivals, playing music for young and old. show less

Series

Works by Craig Smith

The Wonky Donkey (2007) 2,589 copies, 42 reviews
The Dinky Donkey (2019) 627 copies, 4 reviews
The Grinny Granny Donkey (2020) 355 copies
Willbee the bumblebee (2010) 212 copies
Wonky Donkey's Big Surprise (2021) 157 copies
My daddy ate an apple (2013) 29 copies
Square Eyes (2014) 24 copies
Kaha the kea (2012) 5 copies

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Birthdate
1972
Gender
male
Nationality
New Zealand
Occupations
songwriter
singer

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Reviews

ages 3-7
no awards
 
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lebirdsong | 41 other reviews | Apr 25, 2024 |
reading level PreK-k
Award NZ Post Children's Choice award
 
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jayceyrr | 41 other reviews | Apr 25, 2024 |
Get ready for some punny, tongue-twisting fun! If you've got a southern accent under your belt (which I do not), this one is even better. There's also a song version of this on YouTube.
 
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sloth852 | 41 other reviews | Jan 12, 2024 |
The Wonky Donkey had a baby y'all! And yes, this book is just as fun as that one.
 
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msgabbythelibrarian | 3 other reviews | Jun 11, 2023 |

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Works
9
Members
4,019
Popularity
#6,279
Rating
4.1
Reviews
46
ISBNs
231
Languages
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