ENTERTAINER/CHILDREN'S BOOK AUTHOR

As well as being a musician, Craig Smith is known around the world as The Wonky Donkey Man, so named for his sensational children’s book of the same name.  Before the book, came the song which Craig wrote in 2005, after hearing the joke:
“What do you call a donkey with three legs? – A wonky donkey”
At Revitalize 2021, Craig has promised to bring his Wonky Donkey Man persona to the stage, where we are sure he will wow not just the children, but the adults too. We are looking forward to learning more about his recent releases and especially his latest book to hit the shelves: The Grinny Granny Donkey.

The Wonky Donkey Man is a New Zealand treasure, and we are very proud to have him perform for us this year.  Craig will also perform as himself for a more mature audience – see the section on Craig Smith for more details.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • #1 Sales status achieved NZ children’s book category on AC Neilson RETAIL Nov 2020 for “The Grinny Granny Donkey”
  • Finalist & honorable mention. ISC International Children’s Song Of The Year 2020 for “Toothless”
  • #1 Selling New Zealand author in New Zealand across ALL genres for the year 2019 AC Neilson.
  • #1 Sales status achieved NZ children’s book category on AC Neilson RETAIL Oct 2019 for “The Dinky Donkey”
  • Recorded music, NZ Children’s Artist/Album of the Year “Tui” Winner 2019
  • #1 Sales status achieved across all genres on USA TODAY RETAIL Oct 2018 for “The Wonky Donkey”
  • #1 Sales status achieved across all genres on AMAZON books global sales Oct 2018 for “The Wonky Donkey”
  • Winner. APRA New Zealand Children’s Song Of The Year 2018 for “The Scariest Things in the Garden” Book written by Craig Smith & illustrated by Scott Tulloch
  • Finalist & honorable mention. ISC International Children’s Song Of The Year 2014 {Top 5 } for “Size doesn’t matter”
  • RIANZ GOLD CD/Album Status Achieved. 2007-2012 for “Not just for kids”
  • #1 Sales status achieved children’s songs iTunes download AUS/NZ Nov 2010 for “The Wonky Donkey”
  • #1 Sales status achieved NZ children’s book category on AC Neilson RETAIL Nov 2010 for “Willbee The Bumblebee”, 2011 “Kaha The Kea”, 2012 “My Daddy Ate An Apple”, 2013 “Square Eyes”
  • #1 Sales status achieved for the year, children’s book category, AUS and NZ 2010 for “The Wonky Donkey”
  • #1 Sales status achieved across all genres on AC Neilson RETAIL Nov 2009 for “The Wonky Donkey”
  • Winner. What Now New Zealand Children’s Music Video of the year 2010 “The Wonky Donkey”
  • Winner. Book Retailers Choice Of The Year 2010 for “The Wonky Donkey”
  • Finalist & honorable mention. ISC International Children’s Song Of The Year 2009 {Top 5 } for “The Wonky Donkey”
  • Winner. New Zealand Post Book Award “Children’s Choice” 2009 for “The Wonky Donkey”
  • Winner. APRA New Zealand Childrens Song of the year 2008 for “The Wonky Donkey” Book written by Craig Smith & Illustrated by Katz Cowley