A House for Donfinkle written by Choechoe Brereton
Published by Walker Books
In the front pages we first discover the wonderful cast of characters. A Gooble with four arms, a Flooble who looks like a parrot, a Blooble who looks like a lizard, a Wooble who looks like a sheep, a Mooble who looks like a turtle, a Doggle which I am sure you can figure that one out, and last but not least Donfinkle. I am not quite sure who he resembles, more, a goat or a Minotaur. You will have to decide for yourselves.
Donfinkle we learn is building a house. It has mud walls and beech wood windows and the porch is all pine. Donfinkle looks on his hard earned creation and he is very pleased.
That is, until a Flooble swoops down to give her advice. Poor Donfinkle is fuddled and feels pressure to change. So change he does. That is until a Mooble arrives to sort it all out.
Poor Donfinkle is muddled by the Mooble’s advice and he changes even more of his precious new house, but that’s not the end of it.
Of course a Gooble, and Blooble come to offer their two cents, until Donfinkle no longer recognises the house he dreamed of when he first began.
All is not lost however. Donfinkle rallies the motley crew of monsters to help him put it all right. In all the commotion new friendships are formed and Donfinkle ends with a house in the grasslands that he is proud to call home.
I felt poor Donfinkle despair as each new opinionated monster, offers their take on how his house should look. Not unlike so many situations we find ourselves in life, when others believe that they know better or best how to do something. I cheered when Donfinkle finally realises he must break free from all the advice and trust his own instincts.
The rhythm and rhyme was expertly natural, but still exciting.
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.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Choechoe Brereton
Title: A House for Donfinkle
Publisher: Walker Books
Published: May 2014