Coconut comes to school every day. HEE-HAW! Coconut canters across the school meadow. Her hooves go TRIT TROT! Her ears go FLIP FLOP, FLIP FLOP! Her tail goes SWISH as she flicks at the flies. "Coconut's here!" the children laugh. The children love Coconut, but Mr. Clapper the teacher doesn't love her—he doesn't love her one bit. But when Mr. Clapper finds himself in trouble, he just might have to change his mind about Coconut.
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Berlie Doherty was born in Liverpool. After university she had brief careers in children's social work and then teaching before becoming a full-time writer. She is twice-winner of the Carnegie Medal, winner of the Children's Book Award and was shortlisted for the Kurt Maschler award, to name but a few. Ivan Bates was born in Northampton. He worked in various capacities in units for the mentally ill and handicapped before moving to Brighton and starting a career in illustration. He now lives in Norfolk with his wife, young son and two cats.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2-Coconut the donkey comes to school each day with Mrs. Pie, the cook. When the children hear her familiar trit-trot, they rush to the window to greet her, annoying their teacher, Mr. Clapper. He decides to end the distraction by luring Coconut into the woods with carrots, where Mrs. Pie will find the creature on her way home. However, while doing so, he falls into a ditch, and it is Coconut who comes to the rescue. After this, the donkey continues her daily pilgrimage to school, now welcomed by all. The story is a simple one, but Doherty enhances it considerably with her tightly written text that is rich in gentle, bucolic imagery. Storyhour groups will enjoy joining in on the many onomatopoeic noises emanating from the animal as she trits and trots, swishes her tail, chomps, and hee-haws. Bates's sun-washed and cheerful watercolors reinforce the warmth of the story and add touches of humor. This is a pleasant if not essential purchase.
Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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Book Description HarperCollins UK, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0007104332