Christmas Wombat (Hardcover)

By Jackie French, Bruce Whatley (Illustrator)

Clarion Books, 9780547868721, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 16, 2012

List Price: 17.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.


“Slept. Scratched. Slept.” Indeed, it seems like Christmas will be just another day for the wombat . . . until she smells carrots! In this charming picture book, the star of Diary of a Wombat goes head to head with Santa’s reindeer in competition for carrots—and wins. Then, as an accidental stowaway on Santa's sleigh, she learns that carrots are internationally available. No wonder she isn't hungry for treats on Christmas morning! Engaging illustrations delightfully complement the spare text in this unique, wombat’s-eye view of a favorite holiday.

About the Author

Jackie French is a highly esteemed writer for children and adults with more than 100 books to her credit. She lives in Australia with her family and usually one or more wombats. Her web site is

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. 

Praise For Christmas Wombat

"Delightfully comical, providing a satisfying story that will appeal to the whole family, from toddlers through adults."
Kirkus, starred review

"French provides Whatley with bare-bones scaffolding on which to build comic moments of Wombat munching, napping, and tussling with reindeer."
Publishers Weekly

"Charming and slight, the humor shines through the spare text and Whatley's expressive paintings of the lazy wombat."
School Library Journal

"Succinct sentences and episodic pacing allow Wombat's adventures to speak for themselves."
Horn Book

"Jackie French's succinct narration works charmingly with Bruce Whatley's depictions of the myopic, carrot-loving quadruped that accidentally stows himself on Santa's sled."
Wall Street Journal