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Diary of a Wombat

By Jackie French, Bruce Whatley (Illustrated by)

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Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 March 2009

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Kindergarten-Grade 2-Through simple sentences and hilarious yet realistic acrylic illustrations, readers are treated to a week of observations made by a young female wombat who becomes chummy with a human family. The diarist's obsessions with sleep and carrots allow a rest from heavier chuckles over a confrontation with a welcome mat: "Discovered flat, hairy creature invading my territory. Fought major battle with flat, hairy creature. Won battle. Neighbours should be pleased. Demanded a reward." French's text, in Kid's Stuff Plain font, also indirectly informs on habitat and wombats' nocturnal lifestyle. Whatley gives a sublime balance of the adorable charm of the creature, along with its drawbacks as an acquaintance. This title will team nicely with Margaret Spurling's Bilby Moon (Kane/Miller, 2001) for studies of Australian wildlife.
Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"hilarious yet realistic...a sumblime balance of the adorable charm of the creature, along with its drawbacks as an acquaintance." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL School Library Journal "Whatley's acrylic vignettes...provide the perfect counterpoint to French's deadpan narration...readers...will laugh out loud at the wombat's antics." KIRKUS REVIEWS Kirkus Reviews "tongue-in-cheek picture book...the often cuddly looking wombat may leave some readers envious of its languid lifestyle." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Publishers Weekly "The sweet yet deadpan humor...will tickle youngsters...amusing...look at clever (and awfully cute) garden infiltrators." THE BULLETIN OF THE CENTER OF CHILDREN'S BOOKS, Starred Review The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred "An affectionate, believable wombat self-portrait....very accessible and funny...." THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW The New York Times Book Review

EAN: 9780547076690
ISBN: 054707669X
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Dimensions: 20.37 x 28.7 x 0.28 centimetres (0.15 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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Dianne Garner on
This is a wonderful written by someone who loves and is exasperated by wombats. The illustrations are clear and very expressive. A child can identify with the baby wombat's desire to survey and conquer his world. It also illustrates that there is more than one to view any situation.
Ann Turner on
Loved this book which also went to my grandson Harper as a Christmas present. It teaches the child to remember days, meal times and the difference between day and night whilst having a story to tell as well. A great read.
wahab khan on
this is one of my favourite book,it is very comprehensive for babies and childrens and i hope u will also like this book.I used this book for teaching my little brother and he is of 2 years.What a wonderful, gruff, cheeky and persistent little fellow is the wombat.
What a wonderful, gruff, cheeky and persistent little fellow is the wombat at the heart of Jackie French's picture book, Dairy of a Wombat. Simply stated, for the most part, but the gorgeous illustrations by Bruce Whately help to tell so much more. What antics will that, at times, naughtly little wombat try next to get attention.

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