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Diary Of A Wombat By Jackie French

Illustrated by BRUCE WHATLEY

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Diary of a Wombat is a 2002 award-winning picture book written by Jackie French and illustrated by Bruce Whatley. It is the first in the Shaggy Gully books, and is one of the most popular of French’s works.

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


Morning: Slept.

Afternoon: Slept.

Evening: Ate grass.

Night: Ate grass. Decided grass is boring.

Scratched. Hard to reach the itchy bits.


Morning slept.
Afternoon: Mild cloudy day.
Found the perfect dustbath.

Discovered flat, hairy creature invading my territory. Fought major battle with flat, hairy creature.

Won the battle. Demanded a carrot.

The carrot was delicious.

Evening: Demanded more carrots.

Chewed hole in door.

“For Pete’s sake give her some carrots!”

Ate carrots. Scratched. Went to sleep.

Morning: Slept.
Discovered the perfect scratching post.

Evening: Demanded carrots.
No response.
Tried yesterday’s hole.
Curiously resistant to my paws.

Bashed up garbage bin till carrots appeared.
Ate carrots.

Began new hole in soft dirt.went to slept.

Morning: Slept.
Afternoon: Discovered new scratching post.

Also discovered a new source of carrots.

Evening: Someone has filled in my new hole.Soon dug it out again.

Night: Worked on hole.

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Morning: Moved into new hole.
Afternoon: Rained.
New hole fill up with water. Moved back into old hole.

Evening: Discovered even more carrots. Never knew there were so many carrots in the world. Carrots delicious. Night finished carrots. Slept.

Morning: Slept.
Afternoon: Slept.
Evening: Slept.
Night: Offered carrots at the back door.

Why would i want carrots when I feel like rolled oats? Demanded rolled oats instead. Human failed to understand my simple request. Am constantly amazed how dumb humans can be. Chewed up one pair of boots, three cardboard boxes, eleven flower posts and a garden chair till they got the message. Ate rolled oats. Scratched. Went to slept.

Morning: Slept.
Afternoon: Felt energetic.Wet things flapped against my nose on my way to the back door.

Got rid of them.
Demanded oats AND carrots. Only had to bash the garbage bin for five minutes before they arrived.

Evening: Have decided that humans are easily trained and make quite good pets.

Night: Dug new hole to be closer to them.


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Questions To Help Kids Learn

We love this book and you might like to ask your child some of the following questions to help them get the most from the book.

What does this Wombat like to eat?


What do you notice about diary writing?

Days of the week and moments in time like ‘Monday’ and ‘Morning

What is a dustbath?

Wombat behavior characterized by rolling or moving around in dust

Who is the writer of diary of a wombat?

Jackie French

What he did on tuesday night?

Ate grass. Decided grass is boring.

How was the weather on wednesday?

Mild cloudy day

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