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Diary of a Wombat [Paperback]

Jackie French , Bruce Whatley
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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3 Jan 2006

A wombat’s work is never done…

Take a trip with a wombat, and discover the ins and outs of her day in this modern classic Australian picture book. There are holes to be dug and territory to be defended – and don’t forget all the eating and sleeping that needs to be squeezed in too!

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (3 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007212070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007212071
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 20 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘French and Whatley have conjured an affectionate, believable wombat self-portrait.’ New York Times Book Review

‘Bruce Whatley’s illustrations bring the story to life in a way that is both endearing and amusing. It’s easy to see why this book has won several awards in Jackie French’s native Australia. It deserves to be a huge hit here too, as it feels really fresh and original.’ Publishing News

About the Author

Jackie French was born in Sydney in 1953, grew up in Brisbane, graduated from the University of Queensland and moved to her present home in NSW bush land in her mid twenties. Over the past 10 years she has published over a hundred books on diverse subjects ranging from children’s fiction to pest control!

Bruce Whatley was born in the United Kingdom and emigrated with his parents to Australia during his childhood. He often collaborates on picture books with his wife, Rosie Smith.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully engaging book for very young readers 13 Feb 2004
By mombat
I found this book in Australia, and bought it there. On return to the U.S., my sons and I spent night after night reading it to each other and acting out the illustrations. The text is simple - aimed for the youngest reader - but humourous, and the illustrations are absolutely charming.
The book chronicles a week in the life of a wombat and its human "pets" - all from the wombat's point of view. Many "entries" in the diary reflect the wombat's nocturnal nature ("Monday - Morning: Slept; Afternoon: Slept...). The humour and charm stem from the animal's interaction with the world around it - battling a "welcome" mat, discovering an endless supply of carrots (the garden), tackling wet laundry on the line, communicating its desires to the humans (by bashing trash bins, chewing flower pots)...
The book's humour is comparable to "Click Clack Moo" and "Giggle Giggle Quack", but the text is easier for youngsters to read themselves. The adult readers (both in Oz and America) were delighted with the book, and several teachers requested copies. It is not available in the U.S., and I was very grateful to obtain a copy for our school library through amazon.co.uk marketplace. Also, the U.K. version contained an additional page explaining "I am a wombat, a nocturnal animal..." which is an excellent addendum to the original book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book, priceless illustrations! 24 Jan 2006
I found this book by chance and was overwhelmed with how cute the wombat is. This is one of those books that parents won't mind reading to their children over and over again because it is simply adorable and comic at the same time. The diary format makes this the Bridget Jones of the wombat world!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly adorable! 24 Feb 2006
No other way of describing it, absolutely adorable. The illustrations of the wombat are unbelievably cute, a book you can read endlessly and enjoy it more every time., Will never fail to bring a smile to your face and make you melt inside. A wombat with an attitude she may be, but also engaging, endearing and an absolute gem.
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4.0 out of 5 stars super 22 Feb 2013
By Lucy
A simple lay out for children to follow
my class enjoyed the story
i would recommend the book - can be used for lots of lessons
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Children, Perfect for Adults 1 July 2004
We came across this book in a market in Sydney and fell in love with it instantly. The drawings are wonderful, perfectly visualising the story and gorgeous at the same time. The story is simple yet fun, appealing both to children and to the adult in them.
I'm sure this will go down a hit with all children everywhere and with adults reading to them, so, go buy this book straight away, it's the best!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 12 July 2014
By Kirst
Son chuckles at it! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Diary of a Wombat. 1 Jun 2014
By Kaysy1
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I love the illustrations in this book! A perfect book for teaching younger children about diary writing! Prompt delivery, great condition of book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a fun book 22 May 2014
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Very sweet book with fantastic pictures. Your children will love this book, it shows the main interests of a wombat and how we all think we are in charge.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Paid twice
I sent for this book but it didn't arrive.I complained and a book was sent to me.I was billed for this even though I had not requested the book, I had complained.
So.... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs K J B Fieldhouse
5.0 out of 5 stars How to get your child to eat carrots...
I have the Italian version of this book - read it to my toddler two weeks ago and he has eaten at least two raw carrots a day every day since then, claiming to be a wombat (It... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Melissa Addey
5.0 out of 5 stars She can come and live with me
Okay so this book is written for small children - but I bought it for myself!

I love her - she can come and live with me and have as many carrots and oats as she likes.
Published 10 months ago by Corinne Lemar
5.0 out of 5 stars Wombat
I loved to read this to my grandson so felt it
was an excellent choice as a birthday present
for a 4 year old
Published 10 months ago by Cynthia Dowling
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book
A friend recommended this to us and we have bought it to read with our baby daughter. The pictures and gentle humour are lovely, and wombats are intrinsically appealing beasts. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dr. Matthew C. Nicholls
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful illustrations
This is a lovely book for young children, especially as it introduces British children to an animal they might not be familiar with. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Alexandra Frances Whittaker
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book
Every child I have read this book to/with has loved it. The story is simple, with some funny parts (fighting a battle with a door mat, for example) and the illustrations are great.
Published 14 months ago by Kanterla
4.0 out of 5 stars damaged cover
I knew the book which was why I ordered it. Dispatch was quick but I was disappointed that there was a turned up corner on the cover.
Published 15 months ago by jjr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
Excellent book, ideal for all age groups, very amusing from start to finish! Makes you wonder how clever these creatures are!!!
Published 16 months ago by Mrs. N. O'shaughnessy
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