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Diary of a Wombat

by Jackie French

Other authors: Bruce Whatley (Illustrator)

Series: Diary of a Wombat (1)

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It's a difficult job getting humans trained properly, but our wombat heroine is equal to the challenge in this hilarious picture book. With its highly felicitous meeting of text and image, Diary of a Wombat gives the reader a wombat's view of her new neighbors, who provide her with the ideal dust-bath (their picnic area), the perfect place to dig holes (the garden), and plenty of oats and carrots. Jackie French's deadpan narrative, paired with Bruce Whatley's droll illustrations, will have children and adults alike in hysterics. Highly recommended. ( )
1 vote AbigailAdams26 | Jun 17, 2013 |
This book was funny. I liked it for that reason and that reason alone. The wombat's relationship to the humans is so twisted by his own perceptions of the human opinions. I love that. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
Adorable and cuddly wombat illustrations complete with flummoxed, annoyed humans and sparse text in the form of a diary. A cute story about humans and animals living together that children and adults alike will love. ( )
  sschreur | Apr 21, 2013 |
Oh my GAWWWD. Sly humor may be over the head for the littlest. But they'll probably still love the rotund little main character and her sweet account of recent happenings. ( )
  amaraduende | Mar 30, 2013 |
Wombats live in Australia, look a little like small bears, and are champion hole diggers. The wombat in this story tells us of her daily activities and discoveries. A family of humans moves in nearby and the wombat sets about training the humans to give her food. She defeats the hairy creature (otherwise known as the door mat) and eventually decides to dig a hole right under the family’s house because humans are “easily trained and make quite good pets.”

The text, written in past tense from the wombat’s perspective, is brief and funny. Many of the words are repeated throughout the story, making this a good story to take turns reading with an early reader. The illustrations, painted with acrylics, are set against a plain white background, which brings the wombats antics into the spotlight. The wombat seems blissfully unaware of the doubtful looks she receives from the wary humans, which makes for some wonderfully wry illustrations.

Full Review at Picture-Book-a-Day: http://picturebookaday.blogspot.com/2012/03/book-82-diary-of-wombat-by-jackie.ht...
  amy-picturebookaday | Mar 22, 2012 |
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A wombat's diary reads with entry after entry of calm, quiet, predictable entries about eating, sleeping and scratching. Until! A human family moves into the area! Suddenly the wombat's diary is filled with new entries of new discoveries and of training the humans. Inevitable conflict ensues, but eventually a peaceable truce is worked out. This is a good book for talking about diary-writing and blogging, and for talking about human impact on the animal's habitats.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0618381368, Hardcover)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:39:02 -0400)

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In his diary, a wombat describes his life of eating, sleeping, and getting to know some new human neighbors.

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