Diary of a Wombat Paperback – 3 Jan 2006
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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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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.
I like the way Jackie French convinces me and my kids that we really are inside the mind of this iconic Australian. Mothball’s humans are truly blessed and very special at the same time.
Mothball’s demanding, destructive nature is depicted in an understanding, loving way. But it is frighteningly realistic too. I would not want this to happen at my home!
Now that my kids read junior novels, I thought the charm of this picture book we have owned for years would be “old news”. But recently my 9 year old won an opportunity at our local library to choose a free new book. From a vast array on offer, she chose this book’s sequel, “Diary of a BABY Wombat.” She had not read it before, and wanted to re-live the magic of the original “Diary of a Wombat”. We just cannot under-estimate the longevity of the appeal of picture books to our kids. They are treasures, as is this book.
You will laugh, or at least smile, as you read this book. What happens when the wombat learns to bang on the "large metal object"? How do the humans react? Who thinks who is a pet?
Delightful, funny book that should be enjoyed by every family. FAB!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Extremely disappointed with this. Definitely not recommended for a chatty 4 year old.Published 11 months ago by S. Ahamed
A FANTASTIC book, we also bought Diary of a Christmas Wombat - this is a brilliant book for kids and a joy for me to read it to my grandson.Published 13 months ago by JBS
A lovely book with beautiful illustrations. It was well received by my infant class.Published 19 months ago by HB