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Diary of a Wombat (Wombat)

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  3,119 ratings  ·  270 reviews
Wombats are cuddly-looking, slow-moving Australian animals. Their favorite activities are eating, sleeping, and digging holes. Here, in the words of one unusually articulate wombat, is the tongue-in-cheek account of a busy week; eating, sleeping, digging holes . . . and training its new neighbors, a family of humans, to produce treats on demand. This entertaining book, wit ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 18th 2003 by Clarion Books (first published 2002)
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Best Australian literature for children
3rd out of 272 books — 113 voters
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Best Picture Books
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Lisa Vegan
Oct 17, 2008 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everybody; this is one adults might enjoy even more than its targeted audience of young children
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail A.
This is the week long diary of a wombat (an Australian animal that likes to dig holes, eat, and sleep.) As the week progresses and it attains its desires, the story just gets funnier and funnier; it really had me chortling. The pictures are hilarious as the wombat keeps her sleepy expression throughout all her many activities.

This is a book particularly good for anyone who has a companion animal because they will certainly recognize the training animals are adept at giving to humans. It’s also f
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
This is one of my favourite picture books, ever since it first came out, and it's taken me seven years to finally get a copy - but the wait is worth it.

Wombats are lazy animals - cousin to the koala, which is only awake for about 45 mins a day - and oh so adorable. When I was in Grade 6 I did an assignment on the hairy-nosed wombat, and learnt about their unique defence tactic: like koalas, wombats have a hard plate of bone on their lower back. Koalas use this for sleeping in the fork of branch
Sep 07, 2009 Kathryn rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kathryn by: Abigail --thanks!

This is a delightful little story, amusing, with CUTE-as-can-be illustrations. Growing up on five acres in the country, I was used to deer coming by and asserting their rightful territory by eating our flowers, drinking our water, etc. Now, I want to spend some time at an Australian country house so I can see a wombat do the same! :-)

The story takes sunny approach to the pressing and troublesome issue of humans invading wildlife territory--I couldn't help but feel sorry for our little wombat, e
Jackie "the Librarian"
Jul 22, 2008 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: animal lovers and owners of small children
A charming and very single-minded wombat finds a lovely home with some new neighbors, and teaches them to give him carrots. I think my cats may have read this book. Although they prefer kitty treats to carrots, of course.
This book really tickles me and I've read it to lots of classes, who also seemed to enjoy it nearly as much as I did!

As the title suggests, this book is told in diary format so the text is very sparse, but it’s the deadpan delivery coupled with the dissonance between the words on the page and the illustrations that make it so funny. It details a week in the life of a wombat, which largely consists of sleeping, digging and eating carrots. These harmless activities impact somewhat negatively on th
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Of course, Bruce Whatley's pictures of the wombat and his mischief were awfully cute. However, the story wasn't much, just a typical week in a wombat's life interacting with humans. What I liked about the book was what I learned about wombats. They seem to present the same kind of nuisance to people in Australia as raccoons do to people in the U.S. Both kinds of creatures can be terribly destructive. I kind of felt sorry for the family in this story, whose door and garden were ruined. It did mak ...more
Andrew Shute
This was read to my Year 1's as part of their literacy work.

The book is large but has minimal writing but this makes for a an effective impact. The book is subtly brilliant especially as it then concludes that the wombat stating that "humans make good pets" had the children in stitches!

Was also a good book for a basic introduction of text written in the style of a diary.

The vocabulary contains some new challenging words but this extends pupils vocabulary (with some explanation from the reader)
Shanna Gonzalez
It's not easy to write a page-turner showing an animal's ordinary life, in such a way that it conveys a real sense of the animal's basic characteristics without overly anthropomorphizing it. Even when it's done accurately, books about real animals often lack the kind of story quality that makes a child want to read them again. Jackie French has done it for the wombat, though. In this story, a young wombat discovers new "neighbors" grilling right next to her new dust bath. The neighbors provide m ...more
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Austin G
Dairy of a Wombat is a charming tale of the daily life of a wombat. The helpful introduction to the book explains how wombats live in Australia and resemble a small bear. I found the introduction to be very informative and would really help readers get a quick introduction to what a wombat is and some of its characteristics. The book begins with a Monday; the wombat’s dairy explains she spent her day sleeping, eating grass, scratching, and sleeping some more. The book continues in the familiar d ...more
This is probably my favorite picture book that wasn't part of my childhood. It's in the same vein as Diary of a Fly and Diary of a Worm, but a little less cartoony. Rather than the fly or worm writing a diary, it's more the accounting of how the wombat spends her days, and her dealings with the local humans. Simple drawings, prose, and story. Funny, sweet, and just a great book.
Leonie Atherton
This story outlines a week in the life of a very cheeky wombat. While most of his days consist of sleeping, he also spends his time, annoying humans and generally being a nuisance!
I like how this book repeated certain words and ideas frequently. This should make it a fun read for children. Although it was short, it managed to be funny and I think many children will find the naughty Wombat very entertaining. I think this book is suitable for children up to age 8. This book could be used to help
I remember reading this book when I was younger and thinking it was absolutely hilarious! Now I read it every now and again and it reminds of the memories I had as a child! It's a cute book about a wombat and his adventures!

I got this in a surprise Wombat care package, from the land of Wombats.. Yes that would be Aussie-land..

And I LOVE it!! And I love wombats!! lol I need my own wombat, so yeah, I'm moving to Aussie-land.. Whoop Whoop
Joy Alberti
A humorous story about the life of a wombat told from the perspective of the animal. Students will enjoy the wombats interactions with the humans in the book as he trains them to become his pets.
I picked this up at Dymock's in the basement of the main store and had to have it. My children were too old for it, but so what. I gave it to friends, neighbors, my mother. Absolutely wonderful.
Monica Edinger
This is lovely, lovely book. Read it aloud the first day of school and then followed it with a bit of Terry Denton's charming WOMBAT AND FOX: TALES OF THE CITY.
May 24, 2008 Jackie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children of all ages
Recommended to Jackie by: coworker
A co-worker handed me this book and said "You MUST read this", and I'm very glad she did. This book is sweet, charming, hilarious and very well illustrated.
Miss Bookiverse
Jun 20, 2008 Miss Bookiverse rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Miss Bookiverse by: Muphyn
My wonderful sister gave it to me and I love it. The Wombat is so unbelievably cute and adorable. The story itself is funny and sweet.
Quinny quinn
i loved this book, it is very funny na dlittle kids will love it and it has a (SPOILER ALERT I THINK)very sweet ending
Possibly the most enjoyable children's book for adults. I love the story and the illustrations.
Makes me giggle like a five-year-old every time. Everyone should read this book!
This is quite possibly my all time favorite picture book!
This is an adorable, humorous book that gives us the world of a wombat through the animal’s point of view. The wild wombat tells us in a sort of schedule/ date-book format what it does each day. Mostly it involves a lot of sleeping, eating, scratching, digging, and begging for food from its new human neighbors. My favorite parts are where it is battling a “flat, hairy creature invading my territory.” Then having won the battle, she demands a reward (and receives one in the form of tasty carrots. ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this playful, humorous, and interesting Australia book. Diary of a Wombat written by Australian, Jackie French, and illustrator, Bruce Whatley, is an excellent international read. This book is written in a diary format from a wombat's perspective of his life. A wombat is an Australian animal that is not present in North America. Young children are typically fascinated by animals and this book gives them an opportunity to expand their knowledge of animals in other parts of th ...more
Amy Musser
Wombats live in Australia, look a little like small bears, and are champion hole diggers. The wombat in this story tells us of her daily activities and discoveries. A family of humans moves in nearby and the wombat sets about training the humans to give her food. She defeats the hairy creature (otherwise known as the door mat) and eventually decides to dig a hole right under the family’s house because humans are “easily trained and make quite good pets.”

The text, written in past tense from the w
Victoria Stickland
I enjoyed this book almost as much as my year 1 class did! This is a charming Australian picture book in which 'Wombat' tells us of her busy week....mostly eating, sleeping and causing havoc! The text and language is minimal and simple, perfect for young readers and is accompanied by quirky and comical illustrations.

This is one adorable-looking wombat with attitude! Her sneaky and naughty streak will appeal to children's mischievous side as they follow Wombat's adventures through the week. The m
This book is fantastic! Unobtrusive and charming text add tremendous humor as the thought process of a wombat is revealed through her personal diary. Charming illustrations create an irresistible ambiance, the story is absolutely hilarious and lovable.
After reading this book I showed it to all of my friends and made them read it too, it's great!
Heydi Smith
I love this book, there aren't many books that feature Wombats so I'm so happy this is a great one. I've read it to little ones before, it was a little long for them but older kids really get it, they love learning about new and interesting animals.

Use for storytimes about animals or daily life.
Nancy Brady
A fun children's book about a wombat,( my favorite marsupial, maybe my favorite animal), who writes about her life of sleeping, eating, digging holes, and more. The drawings are delightful, the attitude of the wombat is just perfect, and it is a keeper. Will share with grandchildren.
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Jackie is an award-winning writer, wombat negotiator and the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2014-2015. She is regarded as one of Australia’s most popular children’s authors, and writes across all genres - from picture books, history, fantasy, ecology and sci-fi to her much loved historical fiction. In her capacity as Australian Children’s Laureate, ‘Share a Story’ will be the primary philosoph ...more
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“Morning: Slept.
Afternoon: Slept.
Evening: Ate grass.
Night: Ate grass. Decided grass is boring.
Scratched. Hard to reach the itchy bits.
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