Diary of a Wombat

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A story about different points of view.

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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:
"Monday
Morning: Slept.
Afternoon: Slept.
Evening: Ate grass.
Scratched.
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?

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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.

Families can talk 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?

Book details

Author:Jackie French
Illustrator:Bruce Whatley
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Clarion Books
Publication date:November 24, 2003
Number of pages:32
Publisher's recommended age(s):3 - 7

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Teen, 13 years old Written bykogome1994@yahoo.ca April 9, 2008
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YAY WOMBAT FUNNEY!

funny book its really good for kindergarteners i read them this book all the time they love it and my frd in the class love it and want me to read it every time i come.

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