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Glyn Harper

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Glyn Harper’s Roly, the Anzac Donkey follows Richard Henderson and his donkey Roly, who together saved many WW1 soldiers. Illustrated by Jenny Cooper, it marks the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli. Hello. My name is Roly. I’m a donkey. Let me tell you about the time during the First World War when I worked at a place called Gallipoli. I met a man there from New Zealand who was very special. He and I worked as a team to help rescue soldiers who had been hurt in battle. Based on real people and events, this is the heartwarming story of Richard Alexander Henderson, a soldier in the New Zealand Medical Corps, and the donkey he discovers wandering and hungry on a Gallipoli road. Richard and Roly form a strong friendship and, working together, they courageously save the lives of many wounded soldiers. But now the army has received top-secret orders to leave Gallipoli i and quickly. All the donkeys must be left behind. Richard is heartbroken. What will become of his dear friend Roly? Glyn Harper and Jenny Cooper are the author and illustrator of the hugely successful picture books Le Quesnoy and Jim’s Letters. Roly the Anzac Donkey is a moving retelling of Glyn Harper’s 2004 story The Donkey Man, reinvigorated for a new generation of children with Jenny Cooper’s beautiful illustrations, and commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli invasion. 2016 STORYLINES NOTABLE PICTURE BOOK ‘Glyn does not try to romanticise Rory’s work in Gallipoli . . . It’s important children grow up realising war is not one big adventure and shooting guns is fun. But juxtaposed with this realistic story are the warm illustrations that show the love between animal and human. If you’ve owned a dog you’d recognise the look that Rory shows for Richard – it’s utter adoration, and Jenny Cooper has captured it so expertly. . . Roly and Richard’s heart warming tale, Glyn’s excellent storytelling abilities, and Jenny’s stunning illustrations make this a winner for children (and adults).’ Kids Books NZ

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