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Craig Smith - book author

Author and musician Craig Smith was born in Clyde, central Otago, in 1972. Shortly after, the family moved to Queenstown where he, his mother and five brothers and sisters grew up. He now lives in Christchurch.

As a child Craig remembers telling his mother, 'When I grow up, I'm going to become a musician.' Her answer was 'You can't do both!' and she was right. When writing songs for the adult arena, Craig couldn't escape his childish side and was soon writing songs for non-grown-ups.

In late 2007 he released his first kids’ album, Not Just for Kids. The first track from this album, 'Wonky Donkey', won the APRA New Zealand Children’s Song of the Year 2008. He turned this song into his first children’s book by teaming up with illustrator Katz Cowley. He is working on turning more of his kid’s songs into books with a CD of the songs included in the future.


Craig Smith is the author of books: The Wonky Donkey, The Dinky Donkey, Willbee The Bumblebee, My daddy ate an apple, Square Eyes, Remarkably Rexy, The Wonky Donkey and Other Stories, On The Wings of a Luna

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In this 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!
The Wonky Donkey has a daughter in this hilarious sequel to the runaway hit! Wonky Donkey had a child, it was a little girl. Hee Haw! The laugh-out-loud follow-up to the viral sensation The Wonky Donkey is finally here! Featuring playful verses by Craig Smith and charming illustrations by Katz Cowley, The Dinky Donkey follows the same formula that made its predecessor a worldwide hit. Readers will love the antics of this stinky punky plinky-plonky winky-tinky pinky funky blinky dinky donkey!
A zebra eats an apple with a fuzzy worm inside, and it makes him sick - he has to go to hospital (animals are the doctors) and eventually poops the worm out and feels much better"--Publisher information. Suggested level: junior.
Rexy is king of the block.until another cat takes his place. A delightful picture book, with hilariously energetic illustrations of cats!

Everybody loves Rex. He is the most dazzling cat on Serengeti Street.

The schoolkids who pass by are always impressed by his moves.until one day, an interloper threatens to take all the attention away.
A special anniversary edition celebrating Wonky's 10th birthday! Five hilarious stories and songs from international bestseller Craig Smith! Featuring: The Wonky Donkey, Willbee the Bumblebee, My Daddy Ate an Apple, Square Eyes, The Scariest Thing in the Garden. ...who could resist this value-packed, bumper treasury?
Most people love warm, cuddly creatures such as dogs and cats. These same people are often horrified by insects, spiders and the like, but there is a certain fascination with them all the same. In this fantasy adventure, an unlikely team unite to save their lives and the lives of their woodland friends. There is a praying mantis, a garden spider, a dung beetle and a jumping spider. They have interesting or life threatening encounters with various woodland creatures in an endeavor to build an army to stop a housing development. The story is light hearted and humorous with a story book ending that leaves you wanting to hear more.