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Tony Bonning (1948–) Biography - Personal, Addresses, Career, Member, Writings, Sidelights

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Born 1948, in Crosshill, Carrick, Scotland. Education: Studied engineering.

Addresses

Agent—c/o Croig Police Close, 82 High St., Kirkudbright DG6 4JL, Scotland.

Career

Journalist and author. Freelance writer, 1994–. Children's poet-in-residence, Taigh Chearsabhagh on North Uist March, 2001. Markings (poetry magazine, co-publisher; Galloway Children's Festival, founder and director.

Member

Scottish Storytelling Centre.

Writings

FOR CHILDREN

Another Fine Mess, illustrated by Sally Hobson, Little Tiger Press (Waukesha, WI), 1998.

The Great Goat Cheese, Little Tiger Press (London, England), 1999.

Stone Soup, illustrated by Sally Hobson, David &Charles Children's (London, England), 2001, published as Fox Tale Soup, Simon &Schuster Books for Young Readers (New York, NY), 2002.

Snog the Frog, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw, Bar-ron's (Hauppauge, NY), 2005.

OTHER

Galloway, photographs by Allan Wright, Cauldron Press (Castle Douglas, Scotland), 1999.

Arran, photographs by Allan Wright, Cauldron Press (Castle Douglas, Scotland), 2002.

Sidelights

Scottish author and journalist Tony Bonning studied engineering before turning to writing full-time in 1994. In addition to his work penning children's books, he is also co-publisher of the poetry magazine Markings, and founded and directs the annual Galloway Children's Festival. Bonning's books for children include Another Fine Mess, Fox Tale Soup (published in Great Britain as Stone Soup), and Snog the Frog, the last a clever variation on the classic folk tale "The Frog Prince." Reviewing Fox Tale Soup, another folk-tale adaptation that finds a clever fox outwitting his silly dinner guests, Booklist contributor Gillian Engberg noted that Bonning incorporates "a refreshing twist in[to] an old favorite."

In Snog the Frog Bonning introduces his title character on the morning of his birthday. Well versed in fairy-tale lore, Snog—his name a play on British slang for "kiss"—is determined to achieve his rightful destiny and feel like a handsome prince on his special day. Snog asks everyone he meets for a kiss. After getting rejected from a cow, a sheep, and even a pig, Snog finally happens upon a beautiful princess who grants his request because she also has the expectation that kissed frogs turn into handsome princes. After several smooches, the princess realizes that Snog the Frog is A frog well schooled in fairy tales decides that his birthday is the perfect time to see whether a kiss from the right girl will transform him into a human prince in Bonning's Snog the Frog. (Illustration by Rosalind Beardshaw.)not to be her Prince Charming; he is just an ordinary frog. Snog is quite pleased, however; being kissed by a princess has left him feeling like a prince! Be Astengo, writing in School Library Journal, stated that "readers and listeners need to be familiar with the original tale to get the punch line, but the story is engaging enough to work well without it." A Kirkus Reviews critic commented that "younger readers on this side of the pond may not get the title's pun at first, but by the end will be lining up for snogs of their own."

Biographical and Critical Sources

PERIODICALS

Booklist, November 15, 1998, Lauren Peterson, review of Another Fine Mess, p. 594; February 1, 2002, Gillian Engberg, review of Fox Tale Soup, p. 942.

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, March, 2002, review of Fox Tale Soup, p. 235.

Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2001, review of Fox Tale Soup, p. 1754; January 1, 2005, review of Snog the Frog, p. 48.

Publishers Weekly, December 17, 2001, review of Fox Tale Soup, p. 90.

School Librarian, summer, 1999, review of Another Fine Mess, p. 73; spring, 2002, review of Stone Soup, p. 17.

School Library Journal, February, 1999, JoAnn Jonas, review of Another Fine Mess, p. 77; March, 2002, Lisa Gangemi Krapp, review of Fox Tale Soup, p. 172; August, 2005, Be Astengo, review of Snog the Frog, p. 85.

ONLINE

Children's Book Page Web site, http://www.bookpage.com/ (February 24, 2006), Karen Trotter Elley, review of Fox Tale Soup.

Scottish Storytelling Centre Web site, http://www.scottishstorytellingcentre.co.uk/ (December 14, 2005), "Tony Bonning."

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4 months ago

What price are the ads Tony? I happen to have some time spare this week not campaigning and can get ads sorted. Kim

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over 3 years ago

Hi Tony.I wonder if you remember me from your days in the g.p.o.i heard you asked about me from my Freand Jim mccosh at his camp site I googled you and found name its good to see how well you are doing all the best to you and your family yours. Jimmy Wilson