What a beautiful book. I think I just fell in love with Jackie French and wombats.
This is a work of non-fiction, and despite my reservations about reading a book about one animal, I was drawn in and hooked completely. This book is part biography, part retelling of lessons learned through trial and error, and part textbook. I learned so much. The manner in which it is written has a young audience in mind, but the style and gentle humour appeals to all ages, I think.
Bruce Whatley’s illustrations are a gorgeous accompaniment to the text, and in my view enhance the appeal to a young audience – they got my kids’ attention.
The facts about wombats’ physical world and psychology are eye opening. I’ve read the adventures of Mothball in the “Diary of a Wombat” series, but I had no idea how much these gorgeous tales are based on fact (for example, the way wombats dig and smash through structures like an army tank). It was funny reading how Ms. French was forced to accommodate (literally) the needs of wombats when she extended her house. I’m sure it was not funny at the time…
Ms. French’s personal life reached lows many people face, and it was heartwarming to read how she struggled to write her first book and send it to a publisher. She gives wombats so much credit for inspiring her success.
I admire her so much - Jackie French humbles me with her pro-wombat activism.
I loved this book.
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins - AU; New title edition (27 July 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0207200319
- ISBN-13: 978-0207200311
- Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.4 x 20.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 249 g
- Customer Reviews: 8 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)