Diary of a BABY Wombat
Publication Date: September 2010
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The inimitable wombat who shared her adventures (eating, scratching, digging, sleeping) in the wildly successful Diary of a Wombat is back–with a baby! This time, it's the baby who tells the story. And a perfect wombat story it is, featuring eating, scratching, digging, sleeping, and playing, as well as the important task of finding a new underground home big enough for baby and Mum. Wry, understated humor and gorgeous, funny illustrations make this new picture book a brilliant next chapter in the wombat saga.
Bruce Whatley was born in Wales and now lives with his family in Australia. He has illustrated more than 50 children's books, some of which he also wrote.
"Young readers will howl. . . . Adult readers will especially enjoy the little details to be discovered upon frequent rereading. Make no mistake, this will be read over and over, providing new laughs each time."—The Horn Book"The story itself is almost incidental: the real fun comes from the interplay of French's laconic journalizing [and] the poker-faced typography, and Whatley's wry acrylic spot illustrations, which unspool on a single plane like a droll parade."—Publishers Weekly "As delectable in tone and delivery as the beloved Diary of a Wombat. . . . Beginning readers have just enough text to gain confidence while the illustrations provide oodles more meaning and endless laughs."—School Library Journal
"The pacing of the spare text and the engaging illustrations combine humorously, especially when the baby wombat meets a human baby, and their antics mirror each other. Large areas of white space surround the whimsical acrylic illustrations, rife with subtle details, heightening the appeal of this cute picture book."—Booklist