on 16 January 2013
Lesley for Big Book Little Book
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We've not read the bestselling `Diary of a Wombat' yet (must pop it on the Christmas list!), but liked the sound of this title - after all, a book title containing the words `wombat' and `christmas' has got to have something to like!
This is a very simple read and one that is perfect for my two year old. Mothball has a fairly laid back existence including much sleep, some scratching, and quite a bit of carrot eating! This book has her awoken and taken by surprise when she smells carrots and follows the scent but finds some rather large creatures already there munching away on `her' carrots. These turn out to be Santa's reindeer. After `fighting a major battle' with the large creatures, getting the carrots, and settling down for a sleep on Santa's sleigh Mothball finds herself joining Santa's trips down chimneys and trying to eat the carrots that have been left out for Santa's reindeer.
Told in simple `diary' form with one or two words at a time to describe Mothball's activities, this book was great for my two year old who doesn't always have the concentration to focus on a detailed story but likes to look at and point at the pictures. The illustrations by Bruce Whatley are just lovely and opened up a nice little chat with Sam about what the wombat was doing, and laughing together about her quest for carrots!
Verdict: This book would be great for toddlers and pre-schoolers and would be a wonderful addition to the stocking this year.
on 29 March 2015
*Note: this book is available on Amazon in kindle format with the title "Christmas Wombat."
I am very glad to say Mothball the wombat is back yet again and she is on a mission: Carrots. And quite by accident she has a fantastic adventure with Reindeer and other creatures. What she does with Christmas baubles elicited an unexpected bark of laughter from me. And her adventurous spirit delighted me and my kids. Some of her actions reminded me of a children’s TV show, “Bernard” – an animated, dialogue-free show about a polar bear’s adventures. Some of Mothballs expressions are so dead-pan, they crack me up. Bruce Whatley beautifully conveys the humour, battles, victories and adventures with his illustrations.
What a delight! Everything about this story appealed to me and my kids
This is the third book we have enjoyed in this series after “Diary of a Wombat” and “Diary of a BABY Wombat”. I could not resist this book as we are all suddenly very interested in wombats. We are especially enjoying Jackie French’s humour.
And there is another book: “Wombat Goes to School.” We’re getting that one next.