Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French
(Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards))

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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.
 

About Jackie French

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Jackie French has written more than 100 books for children and adults, many of them award winners, including her 2003 ALA Notable Book Diary of a Wombat. French loves wombats. In fact, she's had 39 of them! She says that one of the reasons she writes so many books is to pay the carrot bill for the furry creatures. French is a terrible speller (she's dyslexic), but a terrific writer. She lives in Australia with her husband, children, and assorted marsupials. Bruce Whatley is one of Australia's best-loved and most-respected author-illustrators. His most recent books include the enormously successful and award-winning Diary of a Wombat, written by Jackie French, and its companion volume, The Secret World of Wombats, also illustrated by Bruce. The best selling team have also collaborated on Pete the Sheep, and most recently, Josephine Wants to Dance. Two of Bruce's previous books, The Ugliest Dog in the World and Tails from Grandad's Attic, were named as Notable Books by the Children's Book Council of Australia in 1993 and 1996 respectively. Looking for Crabs was shortlisted by the Children's Book Council in 1993 and Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase was named an Honour Book by the Children's Book Council in 1998. Bruce has illustrated forty books to date, including a number that he has co-written with Rosie Smith. Their latest collaboration was Little White Dogs Can't Jump.
 
Published August 18, 2003 by Clarion Books. 32 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books.

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If this duo's minimalist Diary of a Wombat (2003) was a textbook example of words and art together creating ...

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If this duo's minimalist Diary of a Wombat (2003) was a textbook example of words and art together creating narrative, then this sequel is equally an exemplar of what can go wrong when you try to apply a formula to success.

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A wombat, American readers will learn, is an adorable round creature that looks something like a small, pointy-eared bear and likes to sleep.

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Happily, the human family appears to take the antics of their adopted wild "pet" in stride (though the wombat sees things a bit differently "Have decided that humans are easily trained and make quite good pets").

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Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that this is a story about looking at things from different points of view and the humorous situations that can arise as a result.

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