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Barnes & Noble welcomes Janice Clark and the “Wonky Donkey”
The country’s hottest book event and YouTube Sensation, Janice Clark,”The Scottish Granny” U.S. Reading Of ‘The Wonky Donkey’ was held yesterday at Barnes & Noble Union Square. It was a smashing appearance for hundreds of kids, parents and teachers that came from all over the tri state area and beyond. After the hilarious reading, the kids had the opportunity to ask questions to Ms.Clark about the donkey and the author. Ms. Clark answered the children’s questions giving her point of view on the donkey thoughts, why he smelled and on and on. The children delighted in her answers. After Ms Clark finished the Q&A portion, Barnes and Noble invited all the classes to take pictures with their teachers and Ms. Clark.
A little history about “The Wonky Donkey” phenomenon:
“The Wonky Donkey” has sold more than 100,000 copies in the United States this fall, much of that in the past week. According to NPD BookScan, “Wonky Donkey” topped all releases with more than 90,000 copies sold last week, beating out Bob Woodward’s “Fear” and Rachel Hollis’ “Girl, Wash Your Face,” among others. This book is selling fast now, it just sells and sells. When people see it, they say, ‘”Oh, I have to get that for my grandchildren.” Scholastic, the publisher, announced last week that it had ordered another 600,000 copies in anticipation of further success and the upcoming holidays as it is the perfect gift.
“The Wonky Donkey,” featuring illustrations by Katz Cowley, had already sold hundreds of thousands of copies in New Zealand and Australia, where Clark, a native of Scotland, now lives. Until recently, it had a much smaller audience in the United States. According to Scholastic, the book had sold about 75,000 copies and was out of print before the YouTube video caught on last month.
The video was shot was by Clark’s daughter, Fiona Clark. In an email, Fiona Clark wrote that she had purchased a copy of the book from a second-hand store and knew her mom would love it. In July, she posted the video on her Facebook page. She initially posted it on Facebook friends only. After the author saw it and got in touch Fiona, that’s when she decided to post it on YouTube to be shared with a broader audience. She then also created a Facebook page for her mother, who has been lovingly called the Scottish Granny. They all watched as the number of views increased and were completely blown away by the number of people who had viewed, shared and enjoyed the video with their children, family and friends.
This book is just what we need right now — a children’s book with a simple tale about a very unique donkey bringing anyone who reads it riotous laughter and happiness. I recommend picking up a copy if you have children. It’s the perfect holiday gift.
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