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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (3 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007212070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007212071
  • Product Dimensions: 28.5 x 0.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,049 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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Paperback
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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Great book, especially for introducing the concept of a diary. Wombat doesn't do a lot, except eat carrots and dig up the flowerbeds, but you need lots of inference skills around reading the picture and the underlying meaning of the simple words to find this funny. There's also a Christmas Wombat book!
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What a delightful, funny and charming diary. We follow Mothball, the wombat, through her life and times for 8 days. Mothball is so loveable, thanks to the work of Bruce Whatley, the illustrator. This big, hard, lump of an animal is portrayed in a manner that is heart-warmingly cute!

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.
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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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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. We've gone on to buy it for friends too, and word of mouth success is often a good indicator for this sort of thing.
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Format: Paperback
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 spends a lot of time finding/asking for carrots in the book) - it's a very sweet and funny book and has much improved my son's vegetable intake ... perhaps there should be a follow-up one where it asks for other veg?!
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Format: Library Binding
Hee Hee! Read about eight days in the life of this wombat. It starts off on a Monday when all it does is sleep, scratch and eat grass. By Tuesday it has decided that grass is boring. On Wednesday it notices that it has new human neighbours and life and food begins to become much more interesting!

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!
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