Mikis and the Donkey
by Bibi Dumon Tak
Eerdman’s Books for Young Readers, 2015
Mildred L. Batchelder Award
I could not put this book down, even when I should have been working!
Mikis’ grandfather buys a donkey to help carry wood down from the mountain for the winter. Little Mikis soon befriends the donkey. When grandfather ‘overworks’ and injures the donkey, Mikis goes directly to the doctor for help—on a Sunday! By Monday everyone on the tiny Greek island knows about Mikis’ ‘unheard of’ actions. He informs his grandfather that the doctor orders no work for the donkey for one week. He is soon called the Donkey boy, because he loves the donkey. Other subplots blended into the story results in an endearing book.
It recently won the American Library Association’s 2015 Mildred L. Batchelder Award. The reason I read it, however, was I heard it was selling much faster than they expected and they were about to make a second printing. As I suspected, fast-selling books are often the best, and this one is that. A perfect gift book, a perfect read.
The book is translated from the Netherlands.