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Nev, this one's for you...

Post: #9859 ina
Tue Jan 31, 2006 9:07 pm

... and it has absolutely nothing to do with self sufficiency! It does have something to do with pets, in a way.

Title: Diary of a wombat. Author: Jackie French; illustrated by Bruce Whatley.

It's a picture book; but, as the guy at the checkout of Waterstone's said - adults love it - he doesn't know, what kids make of it. The illustrations are quite clear and always get it just right, be it the expressions of the typically Australian couple and two kids being covered with dust at the barbie (wombat is taking a dustbath), or wombat's fight with "flat, hairy creature" (doormat). Sat in the bookshop and couldn't stop laughing while I was reading it, I had to buy it... (One of their half-price offers at the moment, so it didn't hurt too much!)

An example of the style of the diary:

Monday

Morning: Slept.
Afternoon: Slept.
Evening: Ate grass.
Scratched.
Night: Ate grass.
Slept.

Oh, and the pets this book deals with are the humans - wombat tries to train them up properly, and more or less succeeds.

I know that this book is going to stay in my possession - no way am I giving that away!

(Wombat - do you recognise yourself in that diary???) :mrgreen:

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Post: #9872 Shirley
Tue Jan 31, 2006 10:04 pm

Ina

Please let me see the book next time we meet lol!! It sounds very amusing.

Just remembered - when I was very young...I used to have a cuddly toy that I used to call Wombat!!
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Post: #9877 ina
Tue Jan 31, 2006 10:41 pm

Will do - at the moment I'm so excited by the book that I am showing it to everybody!

So what happenend to your Wombat?

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Post: #9878 Shirley
Tue Jan 31, 2006 10:47 pm

Ina... I don't know!!

I'm hoping that my mum still has him.... going to ask her to look for him.

Are there any farmer's markets in your neck of the woods for February??
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Post: #9888 Wombat
Wed Feb 01, 2006 1:56 am

Thanks Ina,

I know Jackies' works very well, but not that particular one. The diary does reflect my priorities (except the grass bit) pretty well, and I suppose there are times when I wish I was a wombat!

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Post: #9901 Magpie
Wed Feb 01, 2006 8:45 am

We found that one a couple of months ago, too, I had to read it about 5 nights in a row. Great book! :cheers:

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Post: #9907 Wombat
Wed Feb 01, 2006 10:32 am

Well, I better find myself a copy!

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Post: #9948 ina
Wed Feb 01, 2006 9:04 pm

Magpie wrote:We found that one a couple of months ago, too, I had to read it about 5 nights in a row. Great book! :cheers:


Did you just read it to yourself :lol: , or were there any kids involved? And what ages are they? I'm just trying to find out which of the kids amongst my acquaintances might enjoy it!

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Post: #9951 shiney
Wed Feb 01, 2006 9:08 pm

I need to see that book on Wombats Ina! I will have to go to my bookshop for a snout at it.

I saw some Wombats when I was in Oz, they looked so cute, so fat and round with their little noses snuffiling about! I even took a picture of them and had a picture of me with them too. Oh how sad I am. :oops:
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Post: #9977 Millymollymandy
Thu Feb 02, 2006 7:29 am

Probably not as sad as me in photos with a koala!!

When I crossed the Nullabor in a greyhound bus the driver stopped and said "Anyone want to see a wombat?" "Yes, me!!" pipped up a few of us - so off he took us in the absolute middle of bloody nowhere to see a whole load of wombat holes which we all dutifully photographed - but not a wombat in sight. :cry:

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Post: #9982 Wombat
Thu Feb 02, 2006 7:55 am

I didn't realise that I was so popular with the ladies...........

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Post: #9994 Andy Hamilton
Thu Feb 02, 2006 10:29 am

Wombat wrote:I didn't realise that I was so popular with the ladies...........

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Oh yes mate you are the site Peter Stringfellow :wink:

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Post: #9997 Wombat
Thu Feb 02, 2006 10:41 am

Your right you know..........

Who?

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Post: #10019 Millymollymandy
Thu Feb 02, 2006 5:54 pm

Oooooh yes, I can see the resemblance. Especially when he is wearing his thongs!!! (I think I can get away with that one too given it means something else down under! :cheers: ) LOL :mrgreen:

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Post: #10081 ina
Fri Feb 03, 2006 6:59 pm

Sorry, another ignoramus here - who is Peter whatsit???

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