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Wombat Goes Walkabout - Michael Morpurgo

Wombat Goes Walkabout

Paperback

Published: 7th August 2000
For Ages: 4 - 8 years old
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One day Wombat digs the deepest hole he′s ever dug and crawls into the cool darkness to think. But when he climbs out again, he can′t see his mother anywhere. He is all alone.

As he wanders through the great outback looking for her, Wombat meets all kinds of wonderful creatures - Kookaburra, Wallaby, Possum, Emu, Boy and Koala. None of them think very much of him, though.

But when a fire sweeps through the bush, it is Wombat′s skills which save the day, and afterwards everyone races off to find his mum and bring her back to him.

About the Author

Michael Morpurgo divides his time between writing and running Farms for City Children, a charity which each year takes up to 3,000 children to a farm for a week.

About the illustrator

Christian Birmingham graduated from Exeter College of Art and Design in 1991, and is one of the most talented artists of his generation.

Warm, soft pastel drawings by Christian Birmingham distinguish every page of Wombat Goes Walkabout... .Our young wombat digs such a deep hole that he lose his mother. Wandering through the bush, depicted in earthy tones with blues and mauves drifted in, the wombat asks other animals what they can do. The illustrations are zoologically correct but the wombat still has the goofy, amiable charm of a cartoon character. Observer

Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo is the author of many books for children, five of which have been made into films. He also writes his own screenplays and libretti for opera. Born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, in 1943, he was evacuated to Cumberland during the last years of the war, then returned to London, moving later to Essex. 


After a brief and unsuccessful spell in the army, he took up teaching and started to write. He left teaching after ten years in order to set up 'Farms for City Children' with his wife. They have three farms in Devon, Wales and Gloucestershire, open to inner city school children who come to stay and work with the animals. 

In 1999 this work was publicly recognised when he and his wife were awarded an MBE for services to youth. He is also a father and grandfather, so children have always played a large part in his life. Every year he and his family spend time in the Scilly Isles, the setting for three of his books. 

Visit Michael Morpurgo's Booktopia Author Page


ISBN: 9780006646273
ISBN-10: 0006646271
Audience: Children
For Ages: 4 - 8 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 7th August 2000
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 30.9 x 22.6  x 0.2
Weight (kg): 0.18