An amusing approach to a popular springtime craft, presented with a spray of not-so-subtle humor.

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THE EASTER BUNNY'S ASSISTANT

This super-simple story with bold, cartoon-style illustrations features just two characters, the Easter Bunny and a skunk, and one joke: The overly enthusiastic skunk can’t control his excitement, leading repeatedly to unpleasantly odiferous results.

The Easter Bunny clearly explains the process for dyeing Easter eggs, with a few numbered steps and easy instructions in speech balloons. The skunk releases his stench at each step until the Easter Bunny sends him outside. After pleading to be reinstated as the Easter Bunny’s assistant, the skunk is allowed to help deliver the finished eggs, but the bunny has protected himself with a clothespin on his nose. The story isn't much; all the fun is in Thomas’ cleverly rendered facial expressions, body language and Saturday-morning-cartoon pacing. The simple plot and bold, heavily outlined illustrations, as well as the stinky-funny humor will appeal to kids in the early elementary grades as well as to older children with limited reading ability. The directions for making Easter eggs are repeated in numbered format on the last spread.

An amusing approach to a popular springtime craft, presented with a spray of not-so-subtle humor. (Picture book. 4-10)

Pub Date: Feb. 1, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-06-169286-4

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Feb. 15, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2012

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THE WONKY DONKEY

The print version of a knee-slapping cumulative ditty.

In the song, Smith meets a donkey on the road. It is three-legged, and so a “wonky donkey” that, on further examination, has but one eye and so is a “winky wonky donkey” with a taste for country music and therefore a “honky-tonky winky wonky donkey,” and so on to a final characterization as a “spunky hanky-panky cranky stinky-dinky lanky honky-tonky winky wonky donkey.” A free musical recording (of this version, anyway—the author’s website hints at an adults-only version of the song) is available from the publisher and elsewhere online. Even though the book has no included soundtrack, the sly, high-spirited, eye patch–sporting donkey that grins, winks, farts, and clumps its way through the song on a prosthetic metal hoof in Cowley’s informal watercolors supplies comical visual flourishes for the silly wordplay. Look for ready guffaws from young audiences, whether read or sung, though those attuned to disability stereotypes may find themselves wincing instead or as well.

Hee haw. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: May 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-0-545-26124-1

Page Count: 26

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Dec. 29, 2018

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Should be packaged with an oxygen supply, as it will incontestably elicit uncontrollable gales of giggles.

THE DINKY DONKEY

Even more alliterative hanky-panky from the creators of The Wonky Donkey (2010).

Operating on the principle (valid, here) that anything worth doing is worth overdoing, Smith and Cowley give their wildly popular Wonky Donkey a daughter—who, being “cute and small,” was a “dinky donkey”; having “beautiful long eyelashes” she was in consequence a “blinky dinky donkey”; and so on…and on…and on until the cumulative chorus sails past silly and ludicrous to irresistibly hysterical: “She was a stinky funky plinky-plonky winky-tinky,” etc. The repeating “Hee Haw!” chorus hardly suggests what any audience’s escalating response will be. In the illustrations the daughter sports her parent’s big, shiny eyes and winsome grin while posing in a multicolored mohawk next to a rustic boombox (“She was a punky blinky”), painting her hooves pink, crossing her rear legs to signal a need to pee (“winky-tinky inky-pinky”), demonstrating her smelliness with the help of a histrionic hummingbird, and finally cozying up to her proud, evidently single parent (there’s no sign of another) for a closing cuddle.

Should be packaged with an oxygen supply, as it will incontestably elicit uncontrollable gales of giggles. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: Nov. 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-338-60083-4

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Oct. 13, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2019

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