Jo-Jo the Melon Donkey

“€˜Melons. Melons for sale!”

Every day, Jo-Jo the donkey brays the same message and carries the heavy melons through the bustling streets of Venice. Bullied by his master and plagued by flies, Jo-Jo is loved by nobody. But one day, somebody notices Jo-Jo. The famous Doge’€™s daughter herself! And when danger looms, the Venetians need a hero to save them… From the master storyteller himself comes a story about an evolving friendship between Jo-Jo and the Doge’€™s daughter, who loves the donkey despite his lowly position. Helen Stephens’€™ romantic evocation of Venice perfectly complements Michael Morpurgo’€™s richly atmospheric and emotive tale.

Illustrated by Helen Stephens.