Coconut Comes to School
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, "Go away Coconut! Go back home! Donkey's can't come to school!" he shouts. The next day Mr Clapper brings a bag of carrots to school for he has a plan to make Coconut go away. But when Mr Clapper finds himself in trouble, he just might have to change his mind about Coconut...
- Hardback | 32 pages
- 231.1 x 269.2 x 10.2mm | 430.92g
- 01 Mar 2004
- HarperCollins Publishers
- Picture Lions
- London, United Kingdom
- illustrations, (some colour )
About Berlie Doherty
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.
"Coconut the donkey walks to school every day with jovial Mrs. Pie, who works in the kitchen. The children look forward to seeing Coconut, but their teacher, Mr. Clapper, tries to shoo him away. One day, he offers Coconut carrots to lure him into the woods. When Mr. Clapper tumbles into a ditch, Coconut proves his worth and befriends his former detractor. With nice pacing, precise word choice, and a well-cadenced text, the story is a natural for reading aloud...and there's nothing old-fashioned about the multicultural classroom depicted in lively, genial pictures...which portray the children, adults, and donkey with warmth and good humor."