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$29.99

The Wonky Donkey and Plush

Author Smith,Craig(Aus)

Illustrator Cowley,Katz

Item Code 8628863

Product Type Pack

ISBN 9781775436041

Series Wonky Donkey

Publisher SCHOLASTIC NEW ZEALAND

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The fastest-selling thing on three legs! The #1 bestseller and viral internet sensation picture book, now with a Wonky Donkey toy! In this very funny, cumulative song, each page tells us something new about the donkey until we end up with a spunky, hanky-panky cranky stinky dinky lanky honky-tonky winky wonky donkey, which will have children and anyone young at heart in fits of laughter!

Genre: Animal Stories, Humorous Stories Reading Level: Foundation, Lower Primary School Year: Pre-School, Foundation, Year 1, Year 2 Ages: 3 to 7 Page Count: 24
Craig Smith

Where were you born?

Woodside, SA. Mine was a small country town childhood.

Where do you live now?
Melbourne (Peoples Republic of Brunswick)

Where did you go to school? 

Woodside PS, Oakbank Area School. Then onto Birdwood to fail matriculation. After that the excellent South Australian School of Art.

Did you have a nickname?
Smithy

What were you like in school?
Shy, scared, loved the library and the oval. In primary loved spelling. In secondary loved reading. Left school innumerate but happy. And with the habit of reading ingrained.

What was your favourite book growing up?
The book that changed my life at 13 years was William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.
 
Who is your favourite children’s author?
As a kid probably Enid Blyton (Noddy) and Richmal Crompton (Just William series). Lots of Readers Digests.

What is your favourite food/colour/movie?

Linguini, Naples yellow, Doctor Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick)

Who inspired you to illustrate?
The example of my sister Maire. Then my lecturer at art school, George Tetlow, who made sense of life drawing for me. After that, a whole lot of European illustrators, Etienne Delessert, Heinz Edelmann, Freidrich Karl Waechtar and others — that I knew through art magazines and books.

How did you get started?
An art school assignment led to an invitation from a publisher to have a go at doing some roughs. This project was eventually published as Black Dog (written by Christobel Mattingly).

How old were you?

I was only nineteen.

Why did you want to be an illustrator?

Self expression as a humourist.

How do you think up ideas?

Be still, don’t hurry, get into the story. Once I’ve settled on an approach the ideas tend to come faster. If I’m blocked I’ll grab an art book (contemporary illustration) and flip through that to start the flow.
    
Do you have a special place where you illustrate?
My desk, my light, my music.

What is the best thing about being an illustrator?
It may be being able to work alone. Or it may be being part of a generous community of colleagues and friends in the book trade. Or it may be the quiet satisfaction of the aesthetic task. (Should that line be there, or there?)

Have you had any funny or embarrassing moment as an illustrator?
As a twenty-something illustrator was asked to speak at a conference in Canberra. I looked at the audience and my brain shorted. All I could see think and feel was me, but from the audiences perspective. So, I was viewing my own anxiety. It didn’t get better, I mumbled an apology and walked away.

What do you do when you are not illustrating?
Reading, gardening, making stuff in the shed, sewing, cycling, driving. Trying to fix iTunes. A bit of grandparenting. Thinking my thoughts.

What would you have chosen to be if you were not an illustrator?
Not at all sure. I think I landed the only job that suits, therefore I hang onto it grimly. A colleague has a day job that involves 4-wheel driving around the Snowy Mountains (weed control). That sounds like a great other job (apart from the herbicide).

Which famous person from the past would you like to talk to?

In the recent past (five years) I would most like to talk to Ken Henry for guidance on how to think about capitalism. Further back in the past (thirty years) I’d like to speak with my father, who died when I was comparatively young.
An historical figure I’d like to chat to would be Margaret Thatcher on the subject of climate change. Or George Woodroffe Goyder (Goyders Line). Len Beadell would be fascinating as well. (Not quite politically correct these days).

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?

I dislike social media. I’m wary of being spontaneous and then proving silly with hindsight.

Website/blog details
www.craigsmithillustration.com



Katz Cowley

Where were you born? Where do you live now?

I was born in London, but now I live at a very magical sculpture garden in Australia, where I have been since the February 2011 quake in Christchurch.

Where did you go to school?
James Allen's Girls' School, London.

Did you have a nickname?
I was known by my official name—Katie—at school. My grandparents actually gave me the nickname Katz which means 'little kitten' and I always preferred it to 'Katie' so it’s what everyone knows me as now.

What were you like in school?
The daydreamer at the back of the class doodling! I was the only girl in my year who failed my exams. But I loved drama and art, which I passed with flying colours; and I think the daydreaming was because I preferred to get lost in my imagination.

What is the naughtiest thing you did?
Wrote 'poo fart wee bum' in the condensation in the window with my best friend Rosy Wood. We got sent to the headmistress because she recognised our handwriting.

What was your favourite book growing up?
Hard to choose! The Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton holds very magical memories...it’s a book to disappear into, and makes you think about your wishes!

Who is your favourite children’s author?
I love anything Shaun Tan does. He is an inspirational genius, he’s very clever.

What is your favourite food/colour/movie?
Well, I love my avocado and banana smoothies in the morning...they are green, like my favourite colour! Mirror Mask is a movie crammed full with creatively juicy characters and ideas and The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan is a bite-size stroke of genius—it may be short but you can watch it over and over and see something new every time.

Who inspired you to illustrate?
My art teacher told me when I left school that I had an illustrative style, so I went to study illustration as a degree.

How did you get started?
Craig Smith asked me if I would like to work with him on The Wonky Donkey. A first book for both of us...the rest is history!

How old were you?
I was 35 when I illustrated The Wonky Donkey. I wrote and illustrated a book for my degree when I was 22 and it is in the pipeline to be released in the future, which is very exciting! You’re never too old or young to start.

Why did you want to be an illustrator?
I have always loved creating and inventing characters, so it made sense to let them lead me into the world of publishing. I feel like a midwife helping characters be born into the world. I also love writing, so these are parts of me that have always been there. It is a pleasure and the greatest reward to share my creativity and have it be enjoyed.

How do you think up ideas?
When I am creating characters, they start as more of a feeling. I pick up my pencil and watch as it shows me where it wants to go. I feel like I am ‘meeting’ them when they take shape on the page. It’s a very magical process.

Do you have a special place where you illustrate?
I love to create the initial sketches in cafes and public places before I go into the next stage, where I disappear into my studio with my music on loud and take my imagination by the hand and let it lead me deeper.

What is the best thing about being an illustrator?
  1. I get to do what I love for a living;
  2. I get to meet interesting characters, both on the page and beyond;
  3. I don't have to wear a special uniform to work.
Have you had a funny or embarrassing moment as an illustrator?
Drawing Wonky Donkey’s bottom while he farted in my direction (I had to wear a gas mask for that illustration and I nearly fell off my chair)!

What do you do when you are not illustrating?
Sing, dance, draw in my journal, teach art classes and workshops, explore and create in every way. My partner Bruno and I also have a gallery where I show my original works and talk about the process of giving birth to characters and books.

What would you have chosen to be if you were not an illustrator?
I love to sing, inspire people’s creativity and make people laugh, so in another life I might have chosen to be an opera-singing, paint-splashing comedian!

Which famous person from the past would you like to talk to?
An amazing artist called John Waterhouse—there is a very special feeling to his paintings.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?
I believe in faeries and magic!

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