Diary of a Baby Wombat

By Jackie French; Bruce Whatley (Illustrator)
(Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780547430058, 32pp.)

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.




About the Author
Jackie French has written more than 100 books for children and adults, many of them award winners, including her 2003 ALA Notable Book Diary of a Wombat. French loves wombats. In fact, she's had 39 of them! She says that one of the reasons she writes so many books is to pay the carrot bill for the furry creatures. French is a terrible speller (she's dyslexic), but a terrific writer. She lives in Australia with her husband, children, and assorted marsupials.

Bruce Whatley is one of Australia's most highly regarded and talented authors and illustrators for children, both here and internationally. Bruce started his working life in advertising as an art director and illustrator and since then he has created over 60 picture books. Many of his books have won awards both in Australia and overseas, including The Ugliest Dog in the World, Looking for Crabs, Tails from Grandad's Attic and Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase.

Bruce has co-written a number of award-winning books with his wife Rosie Smith (Whatley's Quest, Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase and Little White Dogs Can't Jump) and his son Ben Smith Whatley (Zoobots).

In 2002 Bruce paired with author Jackie French and illustrated Diary of a Wombat - an iconic picture book that has become an international best-seller with foreign sales to nine territories. Diary of Wombat was the start of an extraordinary artistic collaboration that sparked the publication of Pete the Sheep, Josephine Wants to Dance, Shaggy Gully Times, Baby Wombat's Week, Christmas Wombat and Wombat Goes to School. Plus two delightful books about Queen Victoria, being Queen Victoria's Underpants and Queen Victoria's Christmas.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Bruce's talent is the breadth of his artistic ability, which includes an appealing cartoon style to realistic representations using mediums ranging from coloured pencils, watercolour, acrylic and oils, and more recently, 3D digital software.

And accompanying that talent is an intellectual depth and curiosity that sees Bruce taking on large and complex projects, such as The Beach They Called Gallipoli, which is being co-created with Jackie French and will be published in 2014 to coincide with the centenary of WW1.

In 2008 Bruce completed his PhD titled Left Hand Right Hand: implications of ambidextrous image making. In his thesis Bruce looked at the image making of the non-dominant hand, making the fascinating discovery that in most people the ability to draw lies in the use of the 'other' hand.




Praise For Diary of a Baby Wombat

"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

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