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Wombat goes walkabout

Wombat goes walkabout

Morpurgo, Michael; Birmingham, Christian

Wombat loves digging deep holes and thinking deep thoughts, but nobody thinks much of that until danger threatens the bush and the small wombat comes up with a great big idea

Book. English. Children's stories.
Published London: PictureLions, 2000
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Statement of responsibility: Michael Morpurgo, Christian Birmingham
ISBN: 0006646271, 9780006646273
Intended audience: Preschool.
Note: Originally published: London: HarperCollins, 1999.
Physical Description: [32]p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 32 cm.
Subject: Wombats Pictorial works Juvenile fiction.; Wildfires Australia Pictorial works Juvenile fiction.

Author note

Michael Morpurgo OBE is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children. He has written over 100 books and won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Whitbread Award. His recent bestselling novels include 'Shadow', 'A Medal for Leroy' and 'Little Manfred'.

His novel 'War Horse' has been successfully adapted as a West End and Broadway theatre play and a major film by Steven Spielberg. A former Children's Laureate, Michael is also the co-founder, with his wife Clare, of the charity Farms for City Children.

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Wombat loves digging deep holes and thinking deep thoughts, but nobody thinks much of that until danger threatens the bush and the small wombat comes up with a great big idea.

One day Wombat digs the deepest hole he's ever dug and crawls into the cool darkness to think. But when he climbs out again, he can't see his mother anywhere. He is all alone.As he wanders through the great outback looking for her, Wombat meets all kinds of wonderful creatures - Kookaburra, Wallaby, Possum, Emu, Boy and Koala. None of them think very much of him, though.But when a fire sweeps through the bush, it is Wombat's skills which save the day, and afterwards everyone races off to find his mum and bring her back to him.

AGE 4-8

Reviews

Warm, soft pastel drawings by Christian Birmingham distinguish every page of Wombat Goes Walkabout. .Our young wombat digs such a deep hole that he lose his mother. Wandering through the bush, depicted in earthy tones with blues and mauves drifted in, the wombat asks other animals what they can do. The illustrations are zoologically correct but the wombat still has the goofy, amiable charm of a cartoon character.Observer

Back cover copy

"I think I'll dig a hole today." Wombat loves digging holes and thinking, but when he emerges one day from the cool dark of his deepest hole, his mother has disappeared. He is all alone. As Wombat searches the outback for her, the wonderful creatures he encounters scoff at his skills. It is only when danger threatens the bush that wombat's thinking proves the most brilliant skill of all.

Michael Morpurgo's funny and touching story is complemented by the extraordinary illustrations of Christian Birmingham.

'An exceptional book. The text is wonderful to read aloud.'NAOMI LEWIS, 'The Daily Telegraph'