Storytime book of the month
Baby Wombat’s Week
There are many ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
The storytime selection for the month of October is the delightful tale of a feisty baby wombat, Baby Wombat’s Week, written by Jackie French and superbly illustrated by Bruce Whatley. This very cute picture book follows the antics of Mothball’s offspring. Mothball is the wombat who featured in the hugely popular Diary of a Wombat.
This time, it is the baby wombat who tells the story. Featuring eating, scratching, digging, sleeping and playing, it is a funny and endearing wombat saga. Mothball’s energetic baby creates havoc as he sets out to find a larger hole in which he and his mum can live. Along the way he plays with his friend – a baby boy (a human baby that is!).
The text is minimal with a diary format. The illustrations are delightful and through them, the obstinate behaviour of wombats shines through. The simple story is appealing to young children and easy for them to relate to. Adults with an appreciation of Australian wildlife and children’s literature will cherish this book as well.
This charming picture book won the 2010 Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year for Younger Readers. Author Jackie French says it was inspired by the real life story of her son’s friendship with a wombat when he was a young boy. Jackie also claims to have replaced 27 doormats that were all shredded by wombats!
I recommend getting hold of a copy this month and seeing for yourself why this humorous and cheeky picture book was included in the GET READING GUIDE 2011 edition of 50 Books You Can’t Put Down. Get reading to your young children today!