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The Donkey That No One Could Ride
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Release Date: February 2012
Page Count: 32
Size: 9 x 9
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-7369-4851-7
Case Lot Quantity: 36

The Donkey That No One Could Ride

“... You will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden.”

Bestselling author Anthony DeStefano begins his creative telling of the beloved Bible story of Christ’s triumphant entry by introducing the young donkey who has yet to realize his important mission. The lowly creature believes he can do nothing noble, but that’s before he meets the Master…

Then Jesus said to the donkey,
          “It’s time that you knew
          About the great thing
          That you’re destined to do…”
He hears the sad donkey cry,
          “Just leave me alone and cast me aside.
          I’m just a poor donkey that no one can ride.”

Richard Cowdrey’s colorful illustrations pair beautifully with Anthony’s charming rhymes. Together, they bring this timeless story of the donkey who carries Jesus into Jerusalem to a joyful finish. While especially appropriate as an Easter gift, this year-round story is for all time and for young and old alike.

Meet the authors

Anthony DeStefano

Anthony DeStefano

Anthony DeStefano is the bestselling author of the adult Christian books A Travel Guide to Heaven, Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To, Angels All Around Us, as well as the gift book I Just Can't Take It Anymore! and the children’s books Little Star, The Donkey That No One Could Ride, and...

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Richard Cowdrey

Richard Cowdrey is the talented and well-known illustrator of numerous children’ s books, including Bad Dog, Marley! and Marley Goes to School. He has worked with such distinguished clients as Bantam Books, National Football League, and World Wildlife Federation. Desiring to honor God with his work and with his life, Richard lives in Ohio with...

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Editorial Reviews

“DeStefano finds a fresh take on the events that lead to Easter…Cowdrey’s illustrations focus on the donkey, conveying the development from initial lethargy to the donkey’s energetic and confident strength. It’s a welcome change from Easter chicks and bunnies.”
Publishers Weekly

"The story is told in rhyme somewhat reminiscent of Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham. The illustrations are very pleasing."
—Libraries Alive

The Donkey That No One Could Ride is an Easter-themed story that can be read all year round.”

The Donkey That No One Could Ride written by Anthony DeStefano and illustrated by Richard Cowdrey is a must-read and a must-have for everyone's collection!...This book will leave each person reading and hearing it feeling good and capable of doing anything with Jesus' help.”

"The rhyming text and adorable illustrations will captivate children no matter the age. This charming story can easily fit into your family traditions for Easter."
—Five Star Book Reviews

“I am quite certain it is one we will read again and again this spring and in the future. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to friends for Sunday School classes, or homeschool or just family reading.”

"Whenever reading books to my children I decide if it's a top shelf keeper if the message is one that will last them their entire life. Without a doubt this is such a book. I will be reading it to my children for years to come."

"Everyone roots for the 'underdog' in this sweet, rhyming story where the overall message is one of faith. Not to mention this little picture book about an Easter donkey is a nicer change from Easter bunnies and candy baskets."

"...a wonderful surprise and is a very lovely book. I fell in love with it the first time I flipped through the pages..."

“'s nice to see a new story about Christ's life as told through the eyes of an animal. The illustrations in this book are very strong…I can see this being a favourite Easter gift for religious families, and a popular seasonal pick that public libraries might want to have on their shelves.”

“This little book will make a wonderful gift for any child for Easter. I highly recommend it.”

"This is a beautiful story in well written poetic rhyme...You will feel the sadness and unbridled happiness of the donkey as he changed from the beginning to the end of the book. I feel this book would be an excellent addition to a family's library at home or a gift to your church's Sunday school classes."

"This book is beautifully illustrated and a delightful retell of the Lord's triumphal entry that will be enjoyed by any reader, whether young or young at heart."

"Children will delight to have this read to them repeatedly and will also be enchanted by the good use of rhyme to tell the story. Cadence and rhyme are beautifully done by Anthony DeStefano."

“The story is super engaging for children while teaching important truths at the same time. [This book created] a deeper conversation than any of our other books about the Easter story had caused us to have—which I found interesting and very exciting all at the same time.”

"The Donkey That No One Could Ride is a charming addition to any child's library. A wonderful tale that will emphasize stories they hear in Sunday School or church, and will bring the story of Palm Sunday and The Donkey That No One Could Ride to life."


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The Donkey That No One Could Ride is a charming and powerful little book that every child will love! They’ll see that no matter how little or weak they feel, they can grow to be more than they dream once they have met Jesus. We’re giving this one to our great-grandchildren. And trust us—it will be read over and over!”
Jimmy and Carol Owens, songwriters and authors

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