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In his diary, a wombat describes his life of eating, sleeping, and getting to know some new human neighbors.
"Whatley's acrylic vignettes...provide the perfect counterpoint to French's deadpan narration...readers...will laugh out loud at the wombat's antics." KIRKUS REVIEWS Kirkus Reviews
"tongue-in-cheek picture book...the often cuddly looking wombat may leave some readers envious of its languid lifestyle." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Publishers Weekly
"The sweet yet deadpan humor...will tickle youngsters...amusing...look at clever (and awfully cute) garden infiltrators." THE BULLETIN OF THE CENTER OF CHILDREN'S BOOKS, Starred Review The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred
"An affectionate, believable wombat self-portrait....very accessible and funny...." THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW The New York Times Book Review
Posted August 11, 2013
((T.T Forgot my powers.)) <p>
She can compel people to do things with her voice. As a cat, her pelt is not really black; the shadows that she controls make it black until she uses them in battle. She can shift between two forms: Cat and human. She is gifted in the area of battle skills. And, of course, she can fly.
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Posted March 12, 2010
I was skeptical when my husband bought this book for our 5-year old daughter. I thought it was a biological sketch for children about wombats which is not something that interests her. While it does introduce children to the animal, the introduction is secondary to the amusing week-long fictional adventure the wombat has with its new 'neighbors' - a family of people. There is a rather charming incident with the neighbor's welcome mat and also with the family's kitchen door. And the book ends with a funny twist which was cause for a good laugh.
The text is brief, but comical and the illustrations are expressive without overwhelming the text. It is a nice quick read for those nights when you don't have a large amount of time to read a bedtime story but also pleasant enough that, should it become a favorite, you don't groan at having to re-read it for several nights in succession.
The soft-cover price was affordable and makes this book a good buy.
"Dairy of a wombat" by Jackie French is a wonderful book for children. It ties fiction and nonfiction together really well for a kid's book. In the end all of your children will love wombats for their love of food, their funny relationship with the humans who move in next store, and the "friendship" the wombat has with the humans.The illustrations by Bruce Whatley are very detailed and realistic. Over all it is a fantastic book for all children. It has something in it for everyone. I hope you love it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 8, 2009
I picked this book up at the library today and read it to my 6 and 9 year olds tonight. I'm now ordering our own copy because we all enjoyed it so much! The main character is instantly endearing and the book brought big smiles to all of our faces. I love books that I don't mind reading again and again, and this is definitely one of those. It's short enough to be part of the bedtime pile and adorable enough to appeal to all ages (even grown up!). Highly recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 9, 2009
I borrowed this book at the library as it had a wombat, which my sister got for my daughter on her trip to Australia, and carrots, something my 2 year old could relate to. Ended up, my husband and I really enjoyed the book too as we were reading it to our daughter. It's simple and puts a twist by giving us the animal's perspective of having people as pets. Who could not love carrots and wombats?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 22, 2008
This is an engaging picture book that draws readers in and gives them a good laugh. Wombat characteristics are accurate (prevalence for sleeping) but as with all animal fiction, expanded upon. The combination of the text with the illustrations is bright and rhythmic. Children will enjoy reading (or having you read!) this many times over.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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