Review: Dave the Donkey


Title: Dave the Donkey

Author and Illustrator: Andrew McDonough

Published by: Malcolm Down

Price: £5.99

Useful for: children age 3-8

Best bit: Fun re-telling of Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem, death and resurrection from the view point of the Palm Sunday donkey!

Worst bit: Very fast re-telling, with few details of the Easter story – for that see The Way of the Cross


A fabulous book to add to your Easter book collection, with a simple re-telling of the Easter story, perfect for young children or those new to the story.

This book takes the format of an old, grandpa donkey sharing his story with ‘Dave the donkey’.

It refers to Jesus as The King, and through clever artwork includes the many misconceptions people had about Jesus the King on his arrival in Jerusalem.

Because the story is told without lots of details, it leaves space for the adult reading to add what they feel is appropriate for the child they are reading to, which many parents will appreciate. And there are really helpful, open-ended questions at the back of the book which would be great for starting chatting about the story.

Another Lost Sheep winner!

PS There’s a load of fab resources to go with this book, including a big screen version to use it with a group / in a service. Check them out here
PPS Here’s video of Andrew, the author and illustrator, reading this book