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Christmas Wombat by Jackie French

Christmas Wombat

by Jackie French

Other authors: Bruce Whatley (Illustrator)

Series: Diary of a Wombat (3)

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Ok, I'm a fan of Jackie French, and wombats, and especially French's wombats.
And now I'm a fan of her reindeer, too. Utterly charming. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
43 months - the story line is cute but I've never really appreciated this series. Maybe because we've long since moved on to much more wordy books. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
wombat meets reindeer and Santa in search for carrots. ( )
  melodyreads | Aug 21, 2013 |
The single-minded phascolomian heroine of author Jackie French and illustrator Bruce Whatley's hilarious Diary of a Wombat and Diary of a BABY Wombat returns in this charming holiday picture-book, discovering that she "never knew there were so many carrots in the world." Going about her daily routine of sleeping, scratching, sleeping, and then eating, Wombat is surprised to find a cache of carrots one day, and to see some strange creatures eating them. Quickly putting that to rights, she claims her proper role as the carrot-consumer, eventually tagging along on the creatures' sleigh, and enjoying a carroty meal at every stop...

Like its two predecessors, Christmas Wombat (originally published in Australia as Diary of a Christmas Wombat) is an amusing tale, one with an obliviously appealing heroine, entirely focused upon her own schedule (often to the detriment of her human neighbors), and charming artwork that perfectly captures the droll humor of the tale. That said, I don't know that it is quite the equal of the other two books, owing perhaps to the dearth of wombat-human interaction, which made the first two book especially hilarious. I suspect that the wombat-reindeer rivalry here is meant to be a substitute, and the expression on the faces of some of the reindeer is often quite amusing, but it just isn't quite the same thing. On the other hand, there is something so appropriate about the fact that this "Christmas" story is so carrot-centric, as this reflects its heroine's concerns.

All in all, this was an amusing tale, one that, even if not the equal of the others, will appeal to fans of the wonderful Wombat! ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 22, 2013 |
PSC review: Talk about perspective in a picture book! This one brings a whole new look at Santa’s reindeer. Wombat, the star of other French/Whatley books, finds himself in a food fight with Santa’s reindeer since they all like carrots. That takes lots of energy and Wombat finds a place to sleep on Santa’s sleigh. His journey around the world takes him to different climates and continues his frustration with having to share carrots with those pesky big animals. Wombat may not know what he got himself into, but the readers will understand and enjoy every moment. I am continually amazed by the creativity of Jackie French and Bruce Whatley as they find new adventures for this sedentary Australian animal. ( )
  brangwinn | Jan 15, 2013 |
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"Christmas from a wombat's point of view, including competition for the carrots children have left out for Santa's reindeer, and guess who gets stuck in the chimney?"--

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