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Christmas Wombat Hardcover – October 16, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; Reprint edition (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547868723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547868721
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 11.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Delightfully comical, providing a satisfying story that will appeal to the whole family, from toddlers through adults."
Kirkus, starred review

"French provides Whatley with bare-bones scaffolding on which to build comic moments of Wombat munching, napping, and tussling with reindeer."
Publishers Weekly

"Charming and slight, the humor shines through the spare text and Whatley's expressive paintings of the lazy wombat."
School Library Journal

"Succinct sentences and episodic pacing allow Wombat's adventures to speak for themselves."
Horn Book

"Jackie French's succinct narration works charmingly with Bruce Whatley's depictions of the myopic, carrot-loving quadruped that accidentally stows himself on Santa's sled."
Wall Street Journal

About the Author

Jackie French is a highly esteemed writer for children and adults with more than 100 books to her credit. She lives in Australia with her family and usually one or more wombats. Her web site is www.jackiefrench.com.


Bruce Whatley was born in Wales and now lives with his family in Australia. He has illustrated more than 50 children's books, some of which he also wrote. 

More About the Author

Jackie French is a highly esteemed writer for children and adults with more than 100 books to her credit. She lives in Australia with her family and usually one or more wombats. Her web site is www.jackiefrench.com.

Customer Reviews

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nell on December 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I don't know about teachable moments, but my kid loved this book. He made me read it over and over, and carried it around the house. He got Diary of a Wombat when he was a toddler, and apparently has a strong affection for this wombat series. When asked why he liked it so much, he said it was funny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joy Frerichs on November 26, 2012
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This delightful tale, one in a series about Wombat, involves Wombat's confusion about seeing those reindeer creatures. Wombat goes after the carrots children leave for them by stealing a ride in Santa's sled runners. Many teachable moments.
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This time our imperterbably stubborn wombat takes a flight of fancy -- on the back of Santa's sleigh, where she settles in to nap after shoving the reindeer aside to get their carrots. She follows Santa down another chimney ("A wombat hole?") and after visiting several homes decides the "strange creatures" pulling the sleigh are useful for finding carrots.

The gently ironic humor of the original books is continued here, and several jokes are repeated, enhancing the comic effect. French's text is again very spare, and the story is beautifully paced, with a satisfying conclusion. Since several jokes depend on their repetition from previous books, it'll be best appreciated by kids who have experienced the original Diary of a Wombat. And it's so clearly make-believe that it shouldn't matter whether the audience believes in Santa.
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By Bunny Hugger on November 22, 2013
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I couldn't resist buying this book because I love both wombats and Christmas books. We have the other two Diary of a Wombat books already. This one is pretty cute! As usual, the illustrations are adorable and very appealing. There isn't that much of a story, though, and a lot of details in the book don't make much sense. It kind of seems like the story was thrown together very quickly. Regardless, I don't regret buying it and still think it's cute. This is a book I'll bring to work to read to the kids because I think the illustrations of the wombat partaking of carrots in all of the different places will appeal to them even if the story is kind of weak!
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