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Diary of a Wombat (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards)) Hardcover – August 18, 2003
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Behaving much like a spoiled dog, Wombat gets in all sorts of messes trying to get his new human neighbors to accommodate him. In a very subtle way, the book indicates that these are wild animals - no one pets the wombat... but food magically appears for him.
I literally laughed out loud while reading by myself. You could almost just reach right in the book and pinch the cheeks on that little fur ball.
Children (and adults) will love looking at the illustrations of the contented, sleeping wombat, as well as those that depict him as sometimes curious and innocently mischievious.
This is also a great way to introduce an animal that a lot of kids may never see (unless they live Down Under) in a zoo or even on TV, and a good way to open a discussion on how animals (wild animals, and even household pets) have their own unique personalities and different behaviors than people.
We follow our heroine, a rolly-polly little unnamed wombat as she goes about her days. For a wombat, life doesn't consist of much more than sleeping, munching on some grass, and sleeping again. The first few days we spend with the wombat proceed at about this pace. All that changes when the wombat acquires some new human neighbors. A family of wide-eyed Australians first meet the little creature when she decided to use their picnic area as her own personal dustbath. Please note the shocked lovebirds perched on a nearby birdbath. As the days go by the wombat slowly but surely teaches her humans to feed her carrots as well as oats. By the end, she comes to the undeniable conclusion that, "humans are easily trained and make quite good pets".
I can't imagine a single objection that could be successfully lobbied against this tale. Let us consider, first of all, the wombat herself. Think of a teddy bear with a slightly larger nose and I think you'll have a rough idea of what I'm describing here. The wombat is incapable, it seems, of anger or malicious intent.Read more ›
It's a really adorable book, and Bruce Whatley's drawings really bring Mothball (the wombat) to life, with her little rolled up tummy rats when she curls up and her little wombat eyes.
This book is sure to bring a smile to any reader's face.
The writing will leave you in stitches because the illustrations capture the mood of the little creature with absolute perfection. Written from the perspective of the wombat, the destruction it leaves in its wake is really just routine behavior designed to get some carrots, or oats, or whatever else strikes its fancy. The illustrations are excellent throughout the book, and jump off every page, as are the depictions of the various situations the wombat finds itself in.
One of the best children's books I have read in a long time. This book is one of those classic stories that adults will love even more than the kids do. We plan to leave it out for the holidays for guests to read, if we can keep it away from our kids. I highly recommend this funny and sweet story to everyone.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is great, very funny. Unfortunately too short :) But it is worth it!Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
Animated and our 6 year great nephew loves it. Cute story line and made us laugh when story is dramatizedPublished 3 months ago by Robert & Cindy Lovelace
What a great picture book for elementary students. Wonderful drawings.Published 3 months ago by JAN E.
This seems like somewhat of a nitpicking thing to have a problem with for this book, but I was very disappointed that an animal taking food from humans was played off as a joke,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dione Basseri
I'm surprised at all the positive reviews. My 3 year old and 1.5 year old are not interested in this book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Crystal Marie
Diary of a Wombat is my children's new favorite picture book in our house. My daughter was so excited when she found another book written by Jackie French at her school library. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Shauna W.