Rather fittingly, I gave birth to the illustrations for The Wonkey Donkey in a converted stable, where I was living at the time!
It was rather nerve-wracking as The Wonky Donkey was my first ever book, published in October 2009.
By December of the same year Wonky had gone for a record 6 reprints and become a number one bestselling hit in both Australia and New Zealand.
Wonky won the acclaimed NZ Post Children’s Choice award in March of 2010 and for a three-legged, one-eyed donkey with a flatulence issue he was more of a run-away success than I ever could have dreamed or imagined.
Inspite of all his issues, his strong spirit proves that whatever challenges you have in life, nothing needs to stand between you and success, and I am proud to call him my first-born in the world of bookly birthings.
WINNER 2010 NZ Post Children’s Choice award
WINNER 2010 Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice Award
Finalist 2010 NZ Post Picture Book category
Finalist PANZ Book Design Awards
Finalist LIANZA Russell Clark Award for Illustration