My Donkey Benjamin

The 1960s classic story of Susi’s adventures with her donkey Benjamin on the beautiful Greek island of Rhodes. With its stunning black & white photography and timeless story this book sure to delight a whole new generation.

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Publisher notes

  • Publication date: 28/11/2016
    ISBN: 9781925321234
    Format (h x w): 250mm x 230mm HB
    RRP: AUD $24.99
    Extent: 48pp
    Rights Held: World English

  • Publication date: 8/12/2016
    ISBN: 9781925228489
    Format (h x w): 250mm x 230mm HB
    RRP: £10.99
    Extent: 48pp
    Rights Held: World English


Susi and her family used to live in a big city full of cars, highways, and buildings. Now they live on a small island in the Mediterranean, which is full of much more interesting things: butterflies, snakes, fishing boats, and … Benjamin the donkey.

Benjamin and Susi are best friends. She washes his face each morning, they play wonderful games all day, and they sleep next to each other every night.

Until one day, Benjamin disappears …

Nostalgic but wonderfully modern, too, this perennial European bestseller is finally available in English for the first time in more than 40 years. Its captivating black-and-white photographs provide a unique way for children to engage with Susi’s charming world and the world around them. They will thrill to the adventures of a real little girl and her pet donkey, and children and adults alike will love returning to the story of Susi and Benjamin again and again.



‘I am fond of this … [it’s] Gerald Durrell for the hippy generation’.
—Alex O’Connell, The Times

Modernist classic coming back into print!


‘This is the most gentle children’s story you may ever read. I have loved this book since my parents first read it to me, and my daughter loves it now, too.’
—K. Bauer, (five stars)

‘The story is beautiful, and the large black-and-white photographs are a huge part of the book’s charm . . . It would be wonderful if some publisher could reprint it for a whole new generation. It is a very gentle and warm-hearted story for kids and adults alike.’
—Rebecca Braham, (five stars)

‘THE favorite of my early childhood. I even persuaded my parents to name my sister after the heroine’s baby sister. But I never managed to find a little donkey.’
—oliviasbooks, Goodreads (five stars)