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A House for Donfinkle - Choechoe Brereton

A House for Donfinkle

By: Choechoe Brereton, Wayne Harris (Illustrator)

Hardcover Published: 1st May 2014
ISBN: 9781921720536
Number Of Pages: 32
For Ages: 0 - 5 years old

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Up high in the grasslands where Wooble Beasts roam, Donfinkle Vonkrinkle is building his home. When up pop four creatures to babble and squawk, A troublesome taunt full of bothersome talk.

Lovely rhyming text by debut author Choechoe Brereton coupled with digital artwork by award-winning illustrator Wayne Harris.

About the Author

Choechoe Brereton loves writing. She also loves rainy days, hot chocolate, whales, friendly monsters and magical shops. She doesn t know where she would be if she couldn t imagine. A House For Donfinkle is her first book.

About the Illustrator

Wayne Harris is an award-winning illustrator and designer. He won the APA Best Designed Picture Book of the Year Award for A Bit of Company by Margaret Wild and for Gordon s Got a Snookie by Lisa Shanahan. He was short-listed in the 1995 NSW Premier s Award for writing Judy and the Volcano, the same year Going Home was named an American Library Association Notable Children s Book. He works as a designer for Walker Books Australia and also teaches design and illustration. He has most recently illustrated Edge of the World, written by Ian Trevaskis, published by Walker Books.

Industry Reviews

Grand Designs for the younger set ... [A House For Donfinkle's] rollicking verse is reminiscent of Hairy Maclary and is in the tradition of the best nonsense books. Wayne Harris has used digital illustrations, but there is nothing harsh in them: a soft, friendly feel extends even to the knitted-looking striped trees. * Junior Books+Publishing *
It's Dr Seuss meets the Muppets with Brereton's rollicking rhyme and fanciful characters teamed with Harris' quirky, soft, pastel illustrations in A House for Donfinkle. -- Debra Tidball * goodreads *
A House for Donfinkle is a delightful rhyming picture book by debut author Choechoe Brereton. The text has a simple message about self-belief, told in a joyful, whimsical way. The rhyming text scans beautifully, making it perfect for reading aloud and for multiple rereadings. The digital illustrations, by seasoned illustrator Wayne Harris are filled with whimsical detail and rendered in a pastel palette which serves as a wonderful complement to the gentle message of the text. Lovely. -- Sally Murphy * Aussie Reviews *
The imaginary creatures will tickle the humour of young readers * 4MBS Book Reviews *
A House for Donfinkle is as utterly delightful * Blogspot *
Lyrical rhyming text, reminiscent of Dr Seuss, brings the quirky characters to life, especially the industrious Donfinkle. * Bookrapt *
This is a gentle and humorous way to teach children to have 'the courage of one's convictions'. * Books + Publishing *
Fantastic nonsense words and a great sense of both rhyme and rhythm, combined with Wayne Harris' brightly coloured, magical illustrations, make this a fun read aloud picture book to share with children of 3 and up. * Books In Print *
The underlying theme of self-confidence is achieved with beautiful illustrations that capture the antics of the monsters as well as Donfinkle's own journey towards finding his unique way... The rhythm and rhyme was expertly natural, but still exciting. * Creative Kids Tales *
This is a charming book that illustrates the principle that sometimes a person has to trust their own instinct and not listen to others too much... This book is a thoroughly enjoyable bit of fun that has at its heart a message children and adults may need to hear. * Dale Harcombe *
Children will love reading the entertaining rhymes and listening to the bold onomatopoeia. * Holidays With Kids *
The rhyming text liberally scattered with Goobles, Moobles, Bloobles and Floobles makes this a fabulous book to read aloud, while the quirky images by award-winning illustrator Wayne Harris are the perfect match to first-time author Choechoe Brereton's text. * Kids Book Review *
The language and rhyme is wonderful, twisting the tongue and delighting the ears. * Literacy, Families and Learning *
It is a large book, ideal for allowing you and your child to pour over the pages * NZ Book Lovers *
A lovely tale of friendship, of doing what you want to do, using the offers from friends without allowing them to take over... A wholly satisfying read. * Read Plus *
Every page is filled with incredible detail which kids will love poring over. * The Mummy Project *

A gorgeous book!!


A lovely book as a gift for a shower or child. It has great illustrations and the verse reads so easily. A great message for children too.



A House for Donfinkle

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ISBN: 9781921720536
ISBN-10: 1921720530
Audience: Children
For Ages: 0 - 5 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1st May 2014
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 26.8 x 25.8  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.41