Bonky is a toy dragon character who is loved by many small children (like the kindergartners ). Apparently, the character is very popular, judging from the sheer amount of merchandise featuring him (not to mention his insidious theme song).
When Mikey was a little kid, he loved Bonky and used to play with him all the time. In "Bonky Fever" the large poet regressed to a child-like, immature state, in which he played with Bonky. According to Gretchen, no child over five years old should play with Bonky, and Spinelli has always disliked the character.
- Bonky is based on a real-life popular character for small children, Barney: the Dinosaur from Barney & Friends. The character is infamous for his saccharine reputation.