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How to Scratch a Wombat: Where to Find It . . . What to Feed It . . . Why It Sleeps All Day Hardcover – February 16, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 940L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (February 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061886864X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618868643
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A nonfiction companion to French and Whatley's more whimsical picture book Diary of Wombat, this book will spread the Australian author's affection for the marsupial critters that populate her backyard and the nearby bush. Between detailed notes about wombat anatomy, behavior and habitat, French weaves in personal anecdotes from her 30-plus years of observing local wombats and caring for orphaned baby wombats ("cuddly, furry creatures that wreck your kitchen and take over your life"). Readers will learn not only about a wombat's teeth but also how one Rikki the Wrestler sank his pearly whites into the author's wrist, thinking it was a game. From the outset, French uses a friendly tone, discussing how wombats have influenced her writing career. Whatley's spot maps, diagrams and realistic b&w pencil sketches further amplify key points. A nifty blend of field notebook and memoir, this volume enlightens readers about the observed species and the human doing the observing. Ages 6–10. (Feb.)
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From School Library Journal

Grade 4–6—French expands the simple introduction found in her picture book Diary of a Wombat (Clarion, 2007) into a longer account, nicely incorporating her experiences observing these animals with information on the wombat's physical characteristics, life cycle, and behavior. Small line drawings capture the creatures' various activities and body parts, and the informal, smoothly flowing narrative will engage readers who have an affinity for wildlife and those who enjoy reading about unusual species. The book concludes with explanations of how to observe wombats in the wild and the contemporary threats to their habitat. A final summation of "What I've Learned from Wombats" provides a deft set of life lessons for youngsters. This is a congenial selection for animal lovers that could also be a fun item for booktalking.—Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
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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.

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Complementing Ms. French's text are illustrations by Bruce Whatley.
E. R. Bird
I purchased 4 copies, have already given them all away and will buy more!
Ms. Janice Hinkle
It's instructive, very humorous, and the drawings are so striking !!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robyn L. Meikle on March 17, 2010
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As an Australian I have found this book to be the best book ever written on wombats.The information enclosed within its pages are the most accurate description of wombats that I have ever found. We call them "Bulldozers of the Bush" here in Australia and if you ever have the opportunity to see them they are a fascinating creature.Farmers around Australia classify them as pests but as I have the opportunity to care,raise & release three, I have found they are a wonderful animals that are misunderstood through ignorance only.
Jacki French's book if used in schools would teach children around the world that wombats are fascinating Australian
animals.The stories she has written regarding their antics when playing is so true, watching them build their homes in places they probably shouldnt and the fact they bite your legs and you'd swear they find it funny.
The pictures in the book are spot on,the illustrations describe clearly what they look like, how to identify their
scats, footprints and where to find them here in Australia.
I believe that Jacki French has produced a book that when you read it you can better understand these strange but
very lovable creatures of the Australian Bush.
I would definitely recommend this book for children & adults alike. "5 star+"
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 16, 2009
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I remember where I was the first time I read Jackie French's Diary of a Wombat. I was in a bookstore perusing the picture book titles when I was struck by the image of Bruce Whatley's ridiculously adorable wombat dead asleep on its side, a pile of carrots sitting nearby. Mind you, I did not know what a wombat was. The name was vaguely familiar. It's one of those Australian names for an animal I'd never seen before, right? The book turned out to be just as charming as the cover, and through it whole generations of American children have learned some basic facts about Vombatus ursinus. But at its heart, Diary of a Wombat is just a picture book. It isn't non-fiction (though many of the events in it are based on real life). What is non-fiction is French and Whatley's follow-up title, How to Scratch a Wombat. This 96-page book will answer most of your most basic questions about the world of wombats. What do they eat? What kinds are there? And can you really scratch one? A fascinating examination of a critter too little known on our side of the pond.

A wombat was responsible for Jackie French's career as a writer. Unemployed, alone, and in need of $106.44, Ms. French found a typewriter and proceeded to write a children's book in her shed. A nearby wombat named Smudge disliked the typewriter thoroughly though, and he let his disapproval be known in a rather messy manner. By the time she was done her manuscript was misspelled, yellowed, smudged with wombat-droppings, and every time she used the letter "E" it had to be written in by hand. The manuscript was so terrible looking, in fact, that it stood out amongst the other books in the slush pile (wannabe writers, do not attempt). Fortunately Ms.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Janice Hinkle on March 8, 2009
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This is Jackie French's best book so far. I purchased 4 copies, have already given them all away and will buy more!
Anyone who likes Wombats and has read "Diary of a Wombat' will enjoy this book. It was wonderful to learn how she got the idea for the book 'Diary of a Wombat' and other books she has written.
The illustrations by Bruce Whatley are also wonderful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martha G on February 12, 2011
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My 9-yr old is big into wombats, but there aren't too many books written about wombats for kids his reading level. This one was just right. There are pictures strewn throughout the book to make it visually appealing and the book is actually pretty funny at parts. It is a cute book about wombats' lifestyle, based on the author's experience with many different wombats. I read part of the book (he finished it in a a couple of days) and we both learned things we didn't know.
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