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Wombat Goes Walkabout by Michael Morpurgo
Book DescriptionWombat 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
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780006646273
(312mm x 226mm x 4mm)
Imprint: HarperCollins Children's Books
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 7-Aug-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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UK Kirkus Review » Wombat compares his skills to those of other animals in the bush and feels distinctly untalented. Kookaburra can fly, Wallaby can hop, skip and jump, Possum can hang upside down and swing from his tail, Emu can scoot round in crazy circles, and Boy can do just about everything. Wombat can only dig. However, his unique skill turns out to be life saving when fire threatens the other animals. The combination of sketches and full-page pastel illustrations, many double page, perfectly capture the luminescence of the Australian landscape and bring this touching story vividly to life. (5-8 years) (Kirkus UK)
US Kirkus Review » Beautiful book design and illustrations drenched in the red-gold light of Australia enhance the warm-hearted story of Wombat. One day Wombat digs a hole and sits in it, thinkingso long that when he comes out, he cant find his mother. He meets Kookaburra, Wallaby, Emu, and even Boy in his search. Each asks him who he is and what he does, and he responds, Im Wombat. I dig a lot and I think a lot. No one is very impressed with this: the boy brags that he can jump, run, even hunt; Possum can hang upside down; Emu can run around in circles. But none of them has seen Wombats mother, so he climbs as high as he can, looking for her. He doesnt find her, but he does see fire coming, and warns the others. They all hide in the hole Wombat dug deep and dark, and are safe until the fire passes, and then all help Wombat find his mother. The deep rhythms and call and response of this story fit a comfortable pattern: Birmingham (The Windhover, 1997) burnishes that with wonderfully detailed full-page images facing the text pages. Energetic grisaille sketches of whatever animal Wombat is talking to usually surround the text. Hes an incredibly cute little fellow himself. Besides its undeniable kid appeal, the wombat is the mascot of at least two online library discussion groupsthey are going to love it. (Picture book. 4-8) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Michael Morpurgo
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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