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Monday 3 June 2019

Review: Little Green Donkey

Any parent who has struggled to get their children to try different foods will relate to this story.

The little donkey in this story will only eat grass, it is his favourite food. 

He has an excuse for everything his mum suggests. Little donkey likes lying in the grass and being able to nibble on it for a snack, grass is juicy and zingy - nothing else compares.

Little donkey thinks he knows best as he is happiest when he has a full tummy after eating grass.

Until he makes a shock discovery! Little donkey has turned completely green from eating too much grass – his arms, his tummy, his ears and even his tail are now a lovely shade of green. What will he do – his mum was right . . .

Little donkey then tries to fix the problem to hide the fact he is now totally green. He tries everything from rolling in the mud to covering himself in leaves and becoming a walking bush.

However, as all mothers do, Little donkey’s secret is soon discovered, and he is finally convinced to try different foods. He tries lots of different foods that do not compare with grass and he is still not convinced about finding other food that is just as good as grass. But then he discovers carrots – they are ‘orangey, crunchy, crispy amazingness’, can you guess what happens next?

Author and Illustrator Anuska Allepuz has created a fun story highlighting the difficulties of finding the right foods that are both healthy and ones that children will want to eat. The illustrations of the little donkey in this story are cute, colourful and tell the story without using the words.

Title: Little Green Donkey
Author & Illustrator: Anuska Allepuz
Publisher: Walker Books, $24.99
Publication Date: 1 April 2019
Format: Hardback
For ages: 2 – 5
Type: Picture book