Wombat by Christopher Cheng, illustrated by Liz Duthie

Wombat by Christopher Cheng, illustrated by Liz Duthie. Candlewick Press, 2021. 9781536220360 

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Format: Hardcover 

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book? Well, having never come into contact with a wombat, whom, I understand, can be pretty pesky critters, I fell in love with the adorableness of this waddly, fluffy, small eared, short legged ball of fuzz. The illustrations are fantastic. Realistic and well-studied. The text let me down a bit (see below) but I appreciated having a storyline AND some fun facts all on the same spread. This book is simple to read and full of information and a great addition to the Australian animal section of your collection. If your library is anything like mine, Australian animals could use some love.

Anything you didn’t like about it?

The text was a bit clunky. In the first few pages, the sentences were clipped with shorter words. I thought perhaps the author (or publisher) was trying to make this an early reader. Later, the text evened out.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Fuzzy animal lovers, of course, but also younger students researching Australian animals or marsupials. 

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, school libraries and any library that needs a boost in the Australian animal arena. 

Where would you shelve it? Nonfiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Pam WattsFlavin, Head of Children’s Services, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: September 13, 2021

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