Lucky Mama here. Just in time for Christmas, I was handed a copy of Christmas Wombat by Jackie French, illustrated by Bruce Whatley, to review. List price $16.99.
First off, to really enjoy these books, it helps to know what a wombat is. It is a marsupial that is native to Australia – I like to think of them as Aussie moles.
Last year for Christmas, Alaina received Diary of a Wombat from her Nana, who just happens to live Down Under. So I thought it was kinda cool that we got a copy of Christmas Wombat this year.
Like in Diary, the Christmas Wombat really digs carrots. In fact, he likes carrots so much that he ends up facing down Santa’s reindeer for the delicious treats. Then he decides to hitch a ride with Santa and the reindeer to find more carrots. During the course of the ride, he eats (a lot), makes friend with the reindeer and enjoys himself immensely.
This is a really cute book. The story isn’t as good as in Diary, which was just incredibly heartwarming, but it is still a fun Christmas read. The illustrations are very crisp and just generally adorable.
All in all, Alaina and I enjoyed this book. I would recommend it for children in the older toddler/preschool age range. Besides being cute, its also educational — most American children aren’t going to be exposed to wombats anywhere other than books, or maybe the occasional zoo.
But you don’t have to just take my word for it. This book got the Alaina stamp of approval. When she really likes a book, she will read it to herself after storytime with me or Matt. Check it out …