Kiwi author knocked from top of list

Last updated 05:00 24/09/2012

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Hollywood glamour has knocked a Kiwi author off the top of the Whitcoulls Kid's Top 50 books.

The Hunger Games series' recent treatment as a big-budget movie has seen it top the ratings at the expense of last year's No 1, Christchurch author Craig Smith's Wonky Donkey book.

The ratings, voted on by thousands of families around New Zealand and released today, have a distinct Hollywood flavour with No 2 going to the Harry Potter series and third to Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which is also a movie.

The first New Zealander on the list was Lynley Dodd with her classic Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy at No 4; Wonky Donkey was seventh.

While the top of the chart was dominated by movie-adaptations, Whitcoulls book manager Joan Mackenzie remarked on the number of classic authors who made up the body of the list.

"A number of timeless books have made the list this year, including titles by Dr Seuss, Roald Dahl, Margaret Mahy and Enid Blyton, which just goes to show the enduring popularity of these authors,” she said.

“The old favourites truly stand the test of time and it's gratifying to know that a good book is as valued today as it ever was."


1. The Hunger Games series - Suzanne Collins
2. The Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series - Jeff Kinney
4. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy - Lynley Dodd
5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
6. The Gruffalo - Julia Donaldson
7. The Wonky Donkey - Craig Smith
8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
9. Skulduggery Pleasant - Derek Landy
10. The BFG - Roald Dahl

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- The Dominion Post

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