Baby book review: Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley

Baby Librarian Tilly and her mummy Jen review the classic Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley.

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Baby Librarian Tilly reviews Diary of a Wombat

I really like this book! The wombat writes a compelling diary. I have some important things in common with the wombat. I often sleep after eating, and eat after sleeping (the wombat seems to sleep more than I do, though — weak). Importantly, we both are good at training our humans to cater to our demands. The wombat scratches and breaks things to train her human; I just cry. Sometimes scream. The book doesn’t rhyme but it’s still fun to listen to. The pictures are good.

Mummy Jen reviews Diary of a Wombat

A charming and delightful book! The wombat is not a particularly verbose creature so many of her diary entries are just ‘Monday. Morning. Slept.’ and so on. She trains her humans to feed her the foods she wants (it starts with carrots), and you see all her adventures like when she battles the laundry and the welcome mat. Like Tilly, this wombat has attitude. The illustrations are perfect and it feels Australian (I think it’s the clothesline. Maybe the wombat.) As far as ‘animals eating food’ books go, I like this one more than The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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