Diary of a Wombatby Jackie French, Bruce Whatley (Illustrator)
Wombats are cuddly-looking, slow-moving Australian animals. Their favorite activities are eating, sleeping, and digging holes. Here, in the words of one unusually articulate wombat, is the tongue-in-cheek account of a busy week; eating, sleeping, digging holes . . . and training its new neighbors, a family of humans, to produce treats on demand. This entertaining book, with its brief, humorous text and hilarious illustrations, will endear the wombat to young children, who may recognize in the determined furry creature some qualities that they share.
"hilarious yet realistic...a sumblime balance of the adorable charm of the creature, along with its drawbacks as an acquaintance." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL School Library Journal
"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
- HarperCollins Publishers Australia
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- 6.26(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.75(d)
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Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
A sublime balance of the adorable charm of the creature, along with its drawbacks as an acquaintance.
School Library Journal
Meet the Author
Jackie French is a highly esteemed writer for children and adults with more than 100 books to her credit. She lives in Australia with her family and usually one or more wombats. Her web site is www.jackiefrench.com.
Bruce Whatley was born in Wales and now lives with his family in Australia. He has illustrated more than 50 children's books, some of which he also wrote.
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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!
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.
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?
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.
My almost 7 year old loves this book and loves to read it to his 3 year old sister who loves the story and illustrations equally as well!