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The inimitable wombat who shared her adventures (eating, scratching, digging, sleeping) in the wildly successful Diary of a Wombat is back–with a baby! This time, it's the baby who tells the story. And a perfect wombat story it is, featuring eating, scratching, digging, sleeping, and playing, as well as the important task of finding a new underground home big enough for ba The inimitable wombat who shared her adventures (eating, scratching, digging, sleeping) in the wildly successful Diary of a Wombat is back–with a baby! This time, it's the baby who tells the story. And a perfect wombat story it is, featuring eating, scratching, digging, sleeping, and playing, as well as the important task of finding a new underground home big enough for baby and Mum. Wry, understated humor and gorgeous, funny illustrations make this new picture book a brilliant next chapter in the wombat saga.


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The inimitable wombat who shared her adventures (eating, scratching, digging, sleeping) in the wildly successful Diary of a Wombat is back–with a baby! This time, it's the baby who tells the story. And a perfect wombat story it is, featuring eating, scratching, digging, sleeping, and playing, as well as the important task of finding a new underground home big enough for ba The inimitable wombat who shared her adventures (eating, scratching, digging, sleeping) in the wildly successful Diary of a Wombat is back–with a baby! This time, it's the baby who tells the story. And a perfect wombat story it is, featuring eating, scratching, digging, sleeping, and playing, as well as the important task of finding a new underground home big enough for baby and Mum. Wry, understated humor and gorgeous, funny illustrations make this new picture book a brilliant next chapter in the wombat saga.

30 review for Diary of a BABY Wombat

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Vegan

    Disappointing. I love the earlier book Diary of a Wombat and recently read French’s non-fiction book about wombats, which was just okay for me. So, with this book, I was looking forward to another charming wombat picture book. It is cute, but for me it lacked the magical quality of the original book. And, in the non-fiction book, it was stressed how wombats are wild animals. In the first picture book, the wombat’s contact with humans was done perfectly. Here, the baby wombat, and at times its moth Disappointing. I love the earlier book Diary of a Wombat and recently read French’s non-fiction book about wombats, which was just okay for me. So, with this book, I was looking forward to another charming wombat picture book. It is cute, but for me it lacked the magical quality of the original book. And, in the non-fiction book, it was stressed how wombats are wild animals. In the first picture book, the wombat’s contact with humans was done perfectly. Here, the baby wombat, and at times its mother, spends a great deal of time in close proximity with a human infant. I guess it’s supposed to be adorable and amusing, but while some scenes manage to come close to this, overall I was left unmoved. I smiled some but was not highly amused and was not emotionally touched. The first book is vastly superior and that’s the book I recommend. If another wombat book is published, I will read it; the first one is fabulous so I can’t resist giving any further books a try. If I hadn’t just read the non-fiction book about wombats, this book might more favorably impress me. It is kind of cute, but I wanted to like it much better than I did. 2 ½ stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    The sequel to one of my ALL-Time favorite picture-books - Jackie French and Bruce Whatley's brilliantly hilarious Diary of a Wombat , which never fails to reduce me to helpless giggling as I gaze at its droll illustrations, and ponder its dead-pan narrative - is out, and I've FINALLY got my eager little mitts on a copy! Huzzah! Although not the equal of its predecessor, in terms of sheer entertainment value, (although really, what could be?), Diary of a BABY Wombat is no coattail-riding sequel The sequel to one of my ALL-Time favorite picture-books - Jackie French and Bruce Whatley's brilliantly hilarious Diary of a Wombat , which never fails to reduce me to helpless giggling as I gaze at its droll illustrations, and ponder its dead-pan narrative - is out, and I've FINALLY got my eager little mitts on a copy! Huzzah! Although not the equal of its predecessor, in terms of sheer entertainment value, (although really, what could be?), Diary of a BABY Wombat is no coattail-riding sequel either. The story of the original wombat's baby, who narrates her (his?) own tale in this second diary, it is a humorous blend of sleeping (lots of it), playing (with a surprising new friend - or two), and helping Mama find a new hole that's big enough for the both of them. Unlike the first, which relies on the contrast of wombat and human points of view, when it comes to the same events, much of the humor here is supplied by the contrast between Mama Wombat's weary tolerance, and Baby Wombat's eager enthusiasm. Mama's expressions, as Baby steps and rolls all over her, during their sleeping time, are simply priceless! I also really liked the tiny snail which appears, in many of the scenes where Baby Wombat and Baby Human are at play! In short: adorable and amusing! Order your copy today!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Muphyn

    So cute, so adorable... love wombats and these two are especially endearing. The human baby is a bit ugly but then again, it's all about the wombats that sleep, are bored, dig holes, and eat. Life couldn't be better... Falls slightly short of "Diary of a Wombat", which is outstandingly funny and absolutely adorable. Maybe it's the ugly human baby or the fact that the wombats don't eat nearly as many carrots as in "Diary of a Wombat". But... this one is mine so I'm happy! :) So cute, so adorable... love wombats and these two are especially endearing. The human baby is a bit ugly but then again, it's all about the wombats that sleep, are bored, dig holes, and eat. Life couldn't be better... Falls slightly short of "Diary of a Wombat", which is outstandingly funny and absolutely adorable. Maybe it's the ugly human baby or the fact that the wombats don't eat nearly as many carrots as in "Diary of a Wombat". But... this one is mine so I'm happy! :)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Luisa Knight

    The diary continues with the addition of a baby wombat that follows its mom's antics. Ages: 3 - 6 #geography #australia **Like my reviews? Then you should follow me! Because I have hundreds more just like this one. With each review, I provide a Cleanliness Report, mentioning any objectionable content I come across so that parents and/or conscientious readers (like me) can determine beforehand whether they want to read a book or not. Content surprises are super annoying, especially when you’re 100+ The diary continues with the addition of a baby wombat that follows its mom's antics. Ages: 3 - 6 #geography #australia **Like my reviews? Then you should follow me! Because I have hundreds more just like this one. With each review, I provide a Cleanliness Report, mentioning any objectionable content I come across so that parents and/or conscientious readers (like me) can determine beforehand whether they want to read a book or not. Content surprises are super annoying, especially when you’re 100+ pages in, so here’s my attempt to help you avoid that! So Follow or Friend me here on GoodReads! You’ll see my updates as I’m reading and know which books I’m liking and what I’m not finishing and why. You’ll also be able to utilize my library for looking up titles to see whether the book you’re thinking about reading next has any objectionable content or not. From swear words, to romance, to bad attitudes (in children’s books), I cover it all!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shannon (Giraffe Days)

    This sequel to the wonderful Diary of a Wombat is a lovely book but sadly lacking. I think kids will love it but for me it was more of the same without the fresh charm of the original. Parallels between the mum wombat and her baby and human mother-child interactions will be quite clear ("go outside and play" was an oft-heard line from my mum when we were growing up), and amusing. The baby wombat meets a baby boy and the two play and sleep together, but the baby wombat can't find a hole big en This sequel to the wonderful Diary of a Wombat is a lovely book but sadly lacking. I think kids will love it but for me it was more of the same without the fresh charm of the original. Parallels between the mum wombat and her baby and human mother-child interactions will be quite clear ("go outside and play" was an oft-heard line from my mum when we were growing up), and amusing. The baby wombat meets a baby boy and the two play and sleep together, but the baby wombat can't find a hole big enough for the three of them - until they find their way inside the house. Despite this one not connecting with me like it's predecessor did, I still love stories about wombats and their antics - they remind me strongly of the stories my parents tell of the time they had a "pet" wombat, stories I still love to hear, again and again.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    Yes, I will even pick up a children's book when I am sitting around at the library. I love the illustrations in French's books about Wombats, and I credit her delightful original DIARY OF A WOMBAT for helping get my youngest son into reading, but I didn't really love this version as much. Nice, yes, but not as good. Maybe she could have left the little boy out. Still, youngsters will love it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Camilla

    Another book from another Wombat carepackage, sent straight from Aussie-land.. Seriously.. I just love Wombats.. I mean.. Just look at them for Gods sake! So freakin cute!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    This is the cutest book. Picked it up at work and then read it twice. Too bad that the woman who ordered it came in to get it right away. Might have to order another copy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Olga Kilicci

    A story about a very curious wombat. It's simple and engaging, and the illustrations are lovely.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Jackie French is a prolific Australian writer of children's and adult books. Diary of a BABY Wombat follows the original Diary of a Wombat and lovers of the original will be charmed by this story too. The baby wombat sleeps most of the day but when he wakes up, he needs to play. He meets a human baby and the two of them play, eat, and find mischief together. Intertwined in the amusing pictures is the wombats' search for a new hole that is big enough for the baby and his mom. The two stories don' Jackie French is a prolific Australian writer of children's and adult books. Diary of a BABY Wombat follows the original Diary of a Wombat and lovers of the original will be charmed by this story too. The baby wombat sleeps most of the day but when he wakes up, he needs to play. He meets a human baby and the two of them play, eat, and find mischief together. Intertwined in the amusing pictures is the wombats' search for a new hole that is big enough for the baby and his mom. The two stories don't fit together seamlessly and as an adult reading the story, I felt a bit jerked around. Younger readers won't notice or be bothered by these bumpy transitions. The pictures are charming and younger readers will be delighted with the illustrations and the trouble that the wombat and his baby friend get into.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Diary of a Wombat (2003) is a favorite in our household. I was delighted when I saw a sequel and moments later, dubious. Could they really create something as charming and sweet and laugh out loud funny as the first? Happily, the answer is yes. In this story the baby wombat meets the newcomer to the human household . . . another baby. They play together quite well. Bruce Whatley's pictures are really perfect. I love the expressiveness of the wombat. Just the one open eye of the mother in a pictu Diary of a Wombat (2003) is a favorite in our household. I was delighted when I saw a sequel and moments later, dubious. Could they really create something as charming and sweet and laugh out loud funny as the first? Happily, the answer is yes. In this story the baby wombat meets the newcomer to the human household . . . another baby. They play together quite well. Bruce Whatley's pictures are really perfect. I love the expressiveness of the wombat. Just the one open eye of the mother in a picture where they are supposed to be sleeping, but the baby is waking is so effective. The plain white background accentuates the poses and movement of the main characters of the baby wombat, mother wombat, and human baby. A delight.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Dwyer

    Originally rated G by Lucy Thomas The book is a follow up of Diary of a Wombat (2003). This latest picture book presents a baby wombat who has written diary entries for a week describing its daily activities with its Mum and a human baby friend. The diary format with short lines of text and font variations are enhanced by the accompanying detailed acrylic illustrations especially of the cute baby wombat and the human baby’s playful mirrored antics. Before I read this story to a 2nd grade class, w Originally rated G by Lucy Thomas The book is a follow up of Diary of a Wombat (2003). This latest picture book presents a baby wombat who has written diary entries for a week describing its daily activities with its Mum and a human baby friend. The diary format with short lines of text and font variations are enhanced by the accompanying detailed acrylic illustrations especially of the cute baby wombat and the human baby’s playful mirrored antics. Before I read this story to a 2nd grade class, we talked about a wombat (using encyclopedia information) and locating Australia on a globe. Students enjoyed the story, the wombat’s way of describing his daily events, and the play times and friendship with the human baby. A nice story for younger readers.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Viviane Elbee

    We LOVE this book. As one of my kids said, “I already loved Diary of a Wombat, but this book is even better!” The kids couldn’t stop laughing while we read this book... and they wanted an instant re-read. The humorous illustrations pair perfectly with the text. I highly recommend the Diary of a Wombat books - appropriate for toddlers, preschoolers and elementary students. (Note: these stories were inspired by the author’s real life experiences with wombats. So although it’s fiction; kids may learn We LOVE this book. As one of my kids said, “I already loved Diary of a Wombat, but this book is even better!” The kids couldn’t stop laughing while we read this book... and they wanted an instant re-read. The humorous illustrations pair perfectly with the text. I highly recommend the Diary of a Wombat books - appropriate for toddlers, preschoolers and elementary students. (Note: these stories were inspired by the author’s real life experiences with wombats. So although it’s fiction; kids may learn a few facts about wombats).

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    The inimitable wombat who shared her adventures (eating, scratching, digging, sleeping) in the wildly successful Diary of a Wombat is back–with a baby! This time, it's the baby who tells the story. And a perfect wombat story it is, featuring eating, scratching, digging, sleeping, and playing, as well as the important task of finding a new underground home big enough for baby and Mum. Wry, understated humor and gorgeous, funny illustrations make this new picture book a brilliant next chapter in t The inimitable wombat who shared her adventures (eating, scratching, digging, sleeping) in the wildly successful Diary of a Wombat is back–with a baby! This time, it's the baby who tells the story. And a perfect wombat story it is, featuring eating, scratching, digging, sleeping, and playing, as well as the important task of finding a new underground home big enough for baby and Mum. Wry, understated humor and gorgeous, funny illustrations make this new picture book a brilliant next chapter in the wombat saga

  15. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    Easy book to read and follow. The pictures also tell the story of what the baby wombat gets up to on his travels/adventures. This book would be aimed at younger children as it is quite simplistic. It does teach about the past tense of words e.g. 'I won' and the present tense, 'I'm hungry'. Children's picture book

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Baker

    Diary of a baby wombat is a good book about a wombat trying to find a new hole to sleep in with its mum. The book has simple text which is repetitive easy for young readers. The pictures are colourful and simple but compliment the text. The book explores family and friendship. The book is written like a diary making it more exciting and unique for young people to explore.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Francesca Lee

    This book is told in a style of a diary from Monday-Sunday by a baby wombat. The diary tells the reader the wombats typical activities it gets up to during each day. The baby and his mother are looking for a new hole to live in. The book has lots of repetitive words in that are used in each day of the diary.

  18. 5 out of 5

    gina

    What a super cute and funny book. We had a lot of fun reading this one at bedtime!

  19. 4 out of 5

    brendan

    good book for infants

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lian

    Each and every Mothball book is another carroty treat. Love them all - word and image.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Didn't like it nearly as much as Diary of a Wombat, but still pretty cute.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jess Peck

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a very simple but effective book suitable for younger children. This book is primarily told in the form of a diary from Monday to Sunday, focusing on the daily activities of the baby wombat and his mother. Whilst the use of repetitive language would be useful for children to grasp, the intricate illustrations are also helpful in supporting the story. The story itself involves the baby wombat and his mother's journey to finding a new hole.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stefanie Pitzer

    I was very disappointed in this book. The first one, Dairy of a Wombat, was WAAAY CUTER. This book just didn't have the same charm and didn't hold my 4 year old's attention as much as the first one. Big bummer.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    Super cute! The "Diary" book are all precious. This one has a little too much interaction between wild animals and people, but it's so cute that I almost don't care. Hard to use as a read-aloud, but that's normal for this style of book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Oanh

    I like this less than Diary of a Wombat (sequels are, after all, never as good as the original) but it is still enjoyable, although at present still too wordy for Almost-18 month-Old.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mckinley

    Liked it, liked ending a bit less.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    This is a precious book for all kids! It describes the life of a baby wombat, as it gets to know a human baby.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jaroslav Kacmar

    While the original was original and funny, this was (with the exception of few points) either.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Davidson

    Diary of a Baby Wombat is the sequel to Diary of a Wombat. For me, the sequel doesn't quite meet the expectation, but it is such a cute story. Baby Wombat sleeps alot, but as time goes on he gets bored, much to the frustration of his mother. She orders him to play outside instead of bouncing on her. Of course, he gets into mischief, but in that process he meets another baby - a human baby. Bruce Whatley's illustrations are adorable. Children will enjoy looking for the added little character (a s Diary of a Baby Wombat is the sequel to Diary of a Wombat. For me, the sequel doesn't quite meet the expectation, but it is such a cute story. Baby Wombat sleeps alot, but as time goes on he gets bored, much to the frustration of his mother. She orders him to play outside instead of bouncing on her. Of course, he gets into mischief, but in that process he meets another baby - a human baby. Bruce Whatley's illustrations are adorable. Children will enjoy looking for the added little character (a snail) that shows up on the pages. It reminds me of Mercer Mayer's little monster books with the extra little characters that add more fun to most scenes. The ending has a funny surprise twist to it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dolly

    We've now read three of the Wombat books by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley. I must admit that the wombat is very cute and we enjoyed reading about an animal that we never get to see. But I wonder how far the cute will take this character. I mean, will the wombat go on a walkabout next? Or will we see a "Back to School Wombat" tale? I suppose I'm just being a bit of a grump this morning, but I sometimes wonder if the publishing houses try to squeeze just a little too much out of a good thing. Th We've now read three of the Wombat books by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley. I must admit that the wombat is very cute and we enjoyed reading about an animal that we never get to see. But I wonder how far the cute will take this character. I mean, will the wombat go on a walkabout next? Or will we see a "Back to School Wombat" tale? I suppose I'm just being a bit of a grump this morning, but I sometimes wonder if the publishing houses try to squeeze just a little too much out of a good thing. The first book was great, but I doubt there's much more that can be done with this character...at least not satisfactorily. Still, we oohed and aahed at the cute baby wombat and our girls liked the story. I guess that's all that really matters, isn't it?

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