Diary of a Wombat
By Marigny Dupuy,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
A story about different points of view.
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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Parents Need to Know
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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What's the Story?
Told as a week of entries in a wombat's diary, the early part of the week features entries such as this:
Evening: Ate grass.
Night: Ate grass. Slept"
Then new neighbors (human) move in and disturb the wombat's routine, but their arrival affords her many new opportunities as well. She "helps" the new people, for example, by defeating the flat hairy doormat, and removing all of the wet, flappy things hanging on the clothesline. For each act of kindness, she demands a reward: at first just carrots, then oats, and eventually carrots and oats. The people are accommodating and the wombat concludes at the end of the week that, "humans are easily trained and make quite good pets."
Is It Any Good?
The humor in the entertaining story is deadpan and comes from the wombat's unshakeable adherence to its own point of view, reminiscent in many ways of the unflappable Amelia Bedelia. The design of the book is handsome, with richly colored acrylic images set against a sharp white background.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about perspective. If you have a pet, imagine what the world looks like from your pet's point of view. What would your pet's diary look like? Would you ever want to trade places with your pet? Why or why not?
- Author: Jackie French
- Illustrator: Bruce Whatley
- Genre: Picture Book
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Clarion Books
- Publication date: November 24, 2003
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 3 - 7
- Number of pages: 32
- Last updated: July 12, 2017
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