Synopses & Reviews
Wombats are cuddly-looking, slow-moving Australian animals. Their favorite activities are eating, sleeping, and digging holes. Here, in the words of one unusually articulate wombat, is the tongue-in-cheek account of a busy week; eating, sleeping, digging holes...and training its new neighbors, a family of humans, to produce treats on demand. This entertaining book, with its brief, humorous text and hilarious illustrations, will endear the wombat to young children, who may recognize in the determined furry creature some qualities that they share.
"An affectionate, believable wombat self-portrait...very accessible and funny." New York Review of Books
"The sweet yet deadpan humor...will tickle youngsters...amusing...look at clever (and awfully cute) garden infiltrators." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred Review
"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
"[H]ilarious yet realistic...a sumblime balance of the adorable charm of the creature, along with its drawbacks as an acquaintance." School Library Journal
"[T]ongue-in-cheek picture book...the often cuddly looking wombat may leave some readers envious of its languid lifestyle." Publishers Weekly
Young readers are introduced to the cuddly yet slow-moving Australian wombat in this tongue-in-cheek account of one unusually articulate wombat and his busy week. Full color.
The life of a wombat as told by a wombat
Critics hailed DIARY OF A WOMBAT as hilarious
adorable!” Laugh out loud!” And the Bulletin for the Center of Childrens Books gave it a starred review. This magnificently droll autobiography gives new meaning to the word persistent. Young readers everywhere will be begging for one to move in under their house after they meet our girl!
About the Author
Jackie French lives in Australia with her family and several wombats, possums, echidnas, and wallabies. She has written more than 80 books for both adults and children.
Bruce Whatley has been writing and illustrating childrens books for over ten years. His Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase (HarperCollins) was among the Koala Awards Top 50. He grew up in England and now lives with his family in Australia.