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Diary of a Wombat


4.24  ·  Rating details ·  5,766 ratings  ·  444 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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May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
Wombats are cute. As long as they are happening to someone else.
I love that this story is told in the diary format. The wombat, which I don’t know this creature very well, is giving his story. He is cute and cuddly and just a little oblivious to the fact that he is very very destructive to things around him. He might be cute, but I sure wouldn’t want to be his neighbor.

He sleeps a whole lot, he likes to dig and eat carrots. The humans try and appease the creature, but he keeps digging and banging on things for food. He eats a whole in their door. I’m glad t
Lisa Vegan
Oct 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 31, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Wombat Lovers / Anyone Who Enjoys Humorous Picture-Books
It's a difficult job getting humans trained properly, but our wombat heroine is equal to the challenge in this hilarious picture book. With its highly felicitous meeting of text and image, Diary of a Wombat gives the reader a wombat's view of her new neighbors, who provide her with the ideal dust-bath (their picnic area), the perfect place to dig holes (the garden), and plenty of oats and carrots. Jackie French's deadpan narrative, paired with Bruce Whatley's droll illustrations, will have child ...more
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
Jackie "the Librarian"
Jul 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another classic I read growing up!
Rosemary Standeven
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I first encountered wombats when I went to the Olympics in Sydney in 2000. Fatso, the Fat-Arsed Wombat was an unofficial games mascot, on Channel 7 TV every evening in the wonderful Roy and HG roundup of the days’ events. We then saw a real one at the Sydney zoo – of course, asleep and unmoving. Now, I have a very large backside, and enjoy eating and sleeping enormously – so, felt that I had finally met my totem animal. I LOVE wombats!
Then, a Goodreads friend alerted me to this book – and I simp
Luisa Knight
I guess wombats are as pesky to Australians as deer can be to Americans. It's a fun story!

Ages: 3 - 6

Cleanliness: "for pete's sake" is exclaimed.

#geography #australia

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Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015, kids
We have borrowed this book a few times from the library, but today we were lucky enough to win a copy from the author when she came to visit our local library! I love this book, it's such a simple and fun insight into the life of a wombat.

**Interview with my 4 year old (who won the book by scratching her ear with her toe, just like a wombat)**

Me: What did you think of this book?
Her: Awesome!

Me: Which bit did you like best?
Her: All of it.

Me: Do you like carrots?
Her: Yes

Me: Do you have fur on the
Claudia G-D
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This wombat takes us through her week with her and all that she gets up to, like sleeping, eating grass, discovering a scratching post and trying to make her humans be better pets! I think children will find this picture book funny and will enjoy reading about the wombats week. This could also be used as part of a topic or could create discussion about where wombats are from. Suitable for EYFS as well as a nice addition to a KS1 reading corner.
Nadhira Ramadhani
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
Favourite Quote: ‘Carrots are delicious’ ‘Demanded more carrots’
In all honesty, this book was quite a funny read to begin with. Fortunately, there was a copy of this book in my placement school, that I couldn’t resist to read it a couple of times. The book is depicted with soft tone illustrations. It is about the life of an Australian wild animal that is quite demanding and cannot be tamed. A week journal from Monday to Sunday and what the wombat activity consists off. I say wild, yet it has a c
Erika Yoney
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: international
I thought this book was not only adorable, but laugh out-loud funny. It reminded me of training my dog, Jaden, when she was a puppy. When you train puppies, they think that they deserve a treat for chewing up your shoes or "emptying" the garbage. Because they are too darn cute, you give them a treat anyway, just like this wombat's neighbors do. Before the book begins, the author provides a short paragraph including background knowledge about wombats to keep in mind as the story begins. I think t ...more
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely story about a very naughty wombat. It starts innocently enough but the wombat quickly decides that life could be more interesting, regardless of what any humans might think about her destructive habits. The wombat's matter-of-fact account of her days, told in diary form, are very funny, particularly in conjunction with the charming illustrations. The ending is quite endearing, and while one can't help feeling a little bit sorry for the humans in the story, they have clearly succ ...more
Oct 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
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
May 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hardback

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
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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!
Alice Chandler
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Perfect book for young readers as they are introduced to basic sentences and new vocabulary while remaining in their comfort zone. A book better suited for practising reading than challenging abilities.
Rosie Key
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Diary Of A Wombat (by Jackie French) is a hilarious little story that gives us an insight into the mind of a wombat…!!
Very well written with lovely illustrations. A great book to use for Key Stage 1 science.
Miss Bookiverse
Jun 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dymock-challenge
Completely charming. Lots of giggles from the 6 year old. First book of my #DymocksReadingChallenge in honour of the awesome wombats allowing other animals to shelter in their dens during the Australian fires.
Dione Basseri
This seems like somewhat of a nitpicking thing to have a problem with for this book, but I was very disappointed that an animal taking food from humans was played off as a joke, with no rehabilitation at the end. Especially since the author herself is an Australian, and should really know the issues that come from this irresponsible treatment of wildlife.

I'm sure many kids would find the story amusing, but it bothers me. The artwork and writing quality is otherwise okay, likely to get a 4-star f
Jan 24, 2018 added it
This book was created for children between the ages of four to seven years old. The story is eight days of a diary entry from a wombat named Mothball, who interacts with a human family, causing them a lot of trouble. It is good for introducing the idea of diaries, along with the use of repitition to teach children words and their contexts that the children may not know before this book.
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! One of my favorite details was how the wombat's energy level and day's activities changed depending on what she'd eaten. A very true fact for wombats, as well as all other creatures, too. I loved the adorable, beautiful illustrations, and the very sweet story!
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An utter delight.
Bex B
Jan 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
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
Andrew Shute
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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)
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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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Afternoon: Slept.
Evening: Ate grass.
Night: Ate grass. Decided grass is boring.
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