Like all babies, Baby Wombat eats, sleeps and gets bored. So like all mums, Mothball sends Baby Wombat out of his hole to explore the world outside. And all sorts of adventure and fun ensues...
Baby Wombat's Week is the long awaited sequel to the much-loved, chart-topping picture book Diary of a Wombat. Mothball, the star wombat in Diary of a Wombat makes her comeback in Baby Wombat's Week, this time, as the tired, sleepless mother of an overly energetic, new baby.
There is brilliance in Bruce Whatley's depiction of Mothball as she patiently encourages Baby Wombat through the week. For those of you not familiar with Diary of a Wombat, Jackie French and Bruce Whatley have created a humorous world in the day-to-day lives of wombats. Of course, the world is fictional... or is it? We see wombats running amuck and causing chaos in a human family's backyard: digging new holes, bursting sprinkler systems and cleaning out the rubbish bins. Perhaps it's closer to real life than we realise...
In Baby Wombat's Week, the chaos is taken to new levels when Baby Wombat meets Baby human. They play together, turn the hose on each other, share each other's food, dig holes together and finally find a home together...in Baby human's nursery.
This picture book is packed with wry humour that both children and adults will love. The text is deceptively simple: it's in Whatley's superb illustrations that the story truly comes alive. It's a brilliant book for developing visual literacy, that is, how words and pictures work together to create a story.
Every so often in children's book publishing a book comes along for children of all ages - even children of a hundred and one. Baby Wombat's Week and its predecessor, Diary of a Wombat are two such books. Children upwards of two will adore this book. Including children as old as eight, nine and beyond. I still remember reading Diary of a Wombat on its publication to a very serious seven-year-old boy who giggled himself silly.
Baby Wombat's Week is guaranteed fun.
Like any growing family, this baby wombat and her mum are finding it hard to fit into their home. When setting out to dig a new, bigger hole with room for them both, Shaggy Gully's newest resident gets some help from a friend, causes more mayhem than Mothball ever did, and sorts things out in hilarious style. A charming new picture book from the team who created the bestselling Diary of a Wombat and Josephine Wants to Dance.
About the Author
Jackie French is a full-time writer who lives near Braidwood in the Araluen Valley, NSW. In 2000, Hitler’s Daughter was awarded the CBC Younger Readers’ Award. To the Moon and Back won the Eve Pownall Award in 2005. Macbeth and Son, and Josephine Wants to Dance were both shortlisted for the 2007 CBC Awards.
About the illustrator
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...