I got the book republished after Hussein Chalayan MBE fell in love with some of the illustrations of Plonk in the book and imprinted Plonk on beautiful dresses for his show 'Pasatiempo' in Paris where Plonk clothes were sold all over the world. People seem to love the story behind the story as a true fairy tale. Camden Journal (a weekly popular paper) loved the story and did a half page article all about the original book and Plonk appearing on the catwalk.
Well, well, well! I took one look at this book and thought 'what a plonker! I had this as a kid!' - I just hadn't realised this was the very book I knew and loved as a youngster whatsoever. I remember being a little bit unsettled, both by the tribulations of Plonk, and by the look of him - sort of a four-legged black ant with spots, and with bright red boots and a bright red hat he's always losing, and dreadlock-styled things on his head. But boy, I used to read and read it, and this file was the very embodiment of a blast from the past. This is a great little read for great little people, and I can testify to its use, as I of course grew up a perfect specimen. I'm not fussed about some fashion show who borrowed from it, or indeed what inspired its revival, but I'm very glad I stumbled upon it over the decades. Recommended.
by John Lloyd (NetGalley reviewer)
My soon to be 5-year-old enjoyed this book a lot. The pictures are very concise, with good color scheme. Gnomes add magic to story. The semblance of Plonk to different animals makes t fun for the little readers to keep guessing what the animal might be. There is a surprise in the story that does provide relief.
by Prasanna Surakanti (NetGalley reviewer)
I enjoyed the illustrations and overall pattern of the book.
Plonk surely is unusual and on a positive note, I love the artwork and of course, the cute Plonk in particular. The animal is cheerful to look at and quite unique. The brightly coloured red boots and the red hat, which the animal wears, stand out, too. My preschoolers were also very excited and had a lot of fun when it was time for them to draw their own Plonk. Would I recommend Plonk? Actually, yes! I found Plonk just very unusual indeed. The animal is so different, the imagination of my group went wild. The kids loved to invent their own Plonk stories and adventures.
by Master Reader
Please go to www.PlonkStory.com for pictures of Plonk on the catwalk and a video of the show in Paris showing off 'Plonk' clothes. In Purchasers it gives a list of all the countries (including the UK) interested in selling the book. I hope children, all over the world (besides the UK) will fall in love with Plonk as he has now unveiled himself to belong to the public once again. Thank you.