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Wombat Goes Walkabout Hardcover – 6 Sep 1999


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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (6 Sep 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0001982214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0001982215
  • Product Dimensions: 31.5 x 23.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 555,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Multi-award winning author, Michael Morpurgo, is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children and has won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, The Writers Guild Award and the Blue Peter Book Award for his recent novel, Private Peaceful, which has also had two successful runs as a play devised by Bristol Old Vic. From 2003 to 2005 he was the Children's Laureate, a role which took him all over the UK to promote literacy and reading, and in 2005 he was named the Booksellers Association Author of the Year.

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Warm, soft pastel drawings by Christian Birmingham distinguish every page of Wombat Goes Walkabout… .Our young wombat digs such a deep hole that he lose his mother. Wandering through the bush, depicted in earthy tones with blues and mauves drifted in, the wombat asks other animals what they can do. The illustrations are zoologically correct but the wombat still has the goofy, amiable charm of a cartoon character.
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One day Wombat digs the deepest hole he’s ever dug and crawls into the cool darkness to think. But when he climbs out again, he can’t see his mother anywhere. He is all alone.

As he wanders through the great outback looking for her, Wombat meets all kinds of wonderful creatures – Kookaburra, Wallaby, Possum, Emu, Boy and Koala. None of them think very much of him, though.
But when a fire sweeps through the bush, it is Wombat’s skills which save the day, and afterwards everyone races off to find his mum and bring her back to him.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Mason on 9 Jun 2001
Format: Paperback
A MUST for teachers, parents and children. Develops an awareness of the environment and how it can cause devestation not only to humans, but nature and animals as well. Deals very effectively with the issues of being 'different' and how everyone is good at something.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bonita on 20 April 2006
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This book is a beautiful piece of work. The storyline, the writing and the illustrations are all magnificent. I couldn't stop looking at the artwork and how you can almost lose yourself in them even though they are simple. The story of the young wombat looking for his mother and all the animals that he meets along the way asking him what he does and then being unimpressed with his answer and bragging about what they can do is heartwarming. It sends out the message that even the seemingly most uninteresting people can prove why they are on the earth. I borrowed it from my local library but am now going to buy it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Finds on 3 Sep 2007
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Beautiful illustrations and a wonderful read. Explains to children why it is important to be kind and friendly to others, also how a serious fire can destory wildlife.

Definately a book to share with young children
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Gourlay on 31 Oct 2007
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Great book for teaching about the effects of fire, marsupials and escape routes! Lovely story too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Monks on 18 Nov 2009
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This is quite simply one of the most beautiful books I have ever come across. The story is gentle and engaging. Although the recommended age range is 4-8, my 2 year old loves it.
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By Suz on 23 Mar 2014
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I bought this book to use with my class. They really loved the story and the pictures. I used it for them to write their own story based on this book.
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My daughter is currently mad for wombats, ever since we bought "The Diary of a Wombat" and "The Diary of a Baby Wombat" (also recommended, so I ordered this combination of one her favourite authors and her favourite animal on spec as a Christmas present. It was a huge hit, the beautiful illustrations offering real insight into the wildlife of Australia, and the gentle story of a lost young wombat in search of his mum both going down very well indeed with all the family. Now all she wants is to go to Australia to see these things for herself... A lovely book for any other wombat fan or for children interested in Australia.
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By Mr Wren on 20 Oct 2013
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Doing an Australia topic and a book week on this author so perfect for the job. Quick delivery and condition of book as described.
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