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Viral Video Of Grandma Laughing Hysterically While Reading To Baby Was So Popular That The Book Sales Spiked Overnight

Date September 17, 2018

While storybooks are usually meant to entertain babies, there are times when it's the adults that are getting a kick out of it. 

'This book is going to kill me'

Scottish grandma, Janice Clark was reading the baby book 'The Wonky Donkey' to her little grandchild when things took a hilarious turn.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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While it all started simple enough, as Janice got further and further through the book, she became more and more overcome with laughter. In fact, she laughed so hard that, at one point, she exclaimed:

Oh dear, how can anybody read this seriously?

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Janice went on and on, laughing hysterically in the amusing parts of the story and even said, "this is going to kill me!" when she got to one part.

Thankfully, this funny storytime was recorded and the video made its way to social media where it received millions of views. Fans cannot help laughing at both the grandma and the book itself. 

Sure the little baby in the video did not really get what was so funny, but we have no doubt that he will in a few years. 

Book sales have skyrocketed

The Wonky Donkey was written by New Zealander Craig Smith and illustrated by Katz Cowley. Since this video went viral, book sales have increased massively.

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Speaking to The Guardian, Smith said demand for the book went 'through the roof.' They received so many orders that his publishers are scrambling to print another 50,000 copies to meet the thousands of requests they were now getting daily. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

#thewonkydonkey Daddy’s turn to read the stories tonight. #1000booksbeforeschool #welovetoread #family #myloves

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On Amazon in the US and the UK, The Wonky Donkey was sold out on Amazon. Before this, the picture book was actually successful, selling over a million copies in Australia and New Zealand. But thanks to Janice, readers in the United Staes and the UK are now very interested in getting a copy. 

The video is gold. Watching Janice read and laugh was just delightful, and like many, her infectious laugh had me laughing too. I’ve always wondered why sales had not taken off so much in the UK and US, but that looks like that’s about to change.

Well, we think Smith has a lot of reasons to be grateful for this awesome grandma. Janice managed to not only put smiles on the faces of millions of internet viewers but helped improve sales of The Wonky Donkey. Just imagine the number of people all over the world that will be giggling at this book, just as this grandmother did. 

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