Wombat Walkabout

Wombat Walkabout


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Early one morning when the sun came out, Six woolly wombats went walkabout.

This whimsical counting poem follows six brave little wombats on walkabout in the Australian outback. But the wilderness is bound to bring more excitement than an innocent counting game. Soon enough, the curious wombats learn to beware the hungry dingo!

Caldecott Medal-winner Sophie Blackall's delicious illustrations set the adorable wombats in a lush world of golden wattles, billabongs, kookaburras, and gum nuts. With marvelous wordplay and irresistible read-aloud phrases, this ingenious text from Carol Diggory Shields is sure to become a well-worn favorite. Accompanied by a short, simple glossary of Australian terms and wildlife.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525478652
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/19/2009
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 429,066
Product dimensions: 11.30(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Carol Diggory Shields is the author of popular collections of poetry for young readers, including Lunch Money and Almost Late to School. A former children's librarian and storyteller, she lives in Salinas, California. 

Sophie Blackall is the Caldecott-winning illustrator of many distinguished picture books, including Finding Winnie, Big Red Lollipop, and The Baby Tree. She is the illustrator of the popular Ivy & Bean series, and she also collaborates with John Bemelmans Marciano on the Witches of Benevento series. Finder her online at sophiblackall.com.

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Wombat Walkabout 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
juju1220 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great story (like little pigs I almost wanted to sing the book!) the illustration was well put together and shown throughout the story. I enjoyed the illustration and the index on the last page of the book that provided definitions to words that readers do not know of. I liked that it was easy to read and follow. Great for student K to four grade. Great for an early reader.
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This title is absolutely freaking adorable; it's really a perfect storytime title. The book is large format with big illustrations spanning both pages. The text is a minimalist counting rhyme about six wombats outsmarting a wily dingo.The book introduces some new vocabulary as well as some basic information about the wildlife in Australia. The wombats, with their unique outfits, cute half-moon eyes, and rolypoly bodies will win over toddlers jaded by bear/rabbit/turtle/etc. tales.
linnaea44 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent counting book! I love the rhythm of the story, very fun to read aloud. I like how the author made the words rhyme with the number it was trying to teach. The illustrations were great, I thought the Dingo was not too scary, but intimidating enough to know he was the bad guy. The wombats were so cute with very good facial expressions. I really enjoyed this book and think it would be great for story time in class or at home.
elenaazad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Quirky is the word that comes to mind when describing Carol Diggory Shields' recent picture book "Wombat Walkabout." Six little wombats go out on a walkabout one day in the Australian outback. They're having a good time until a hungry dingo sneaks up on them, carrying them off one by one...Kids who are just beginning to read will appreciate the repetition - first one little wombat disappears, then all but the biggest two in turn - as well as the rhyme Shields uses to tell the tale. The pacing is excellent and the wombats' outwitting of the dingo at the end was exciting to read about. Additionally, wombats were a good choice; the word is a funny one and they're fairly exotic creatures (how often does one encounter a wombat?), and so they capture readers imaginations. Sophie Blackall's illustrations bring out the humor and originality in the story. Each little funny-looking wombat has unique accessory or two that helps readers identify it. One has a little skirt, another a sailor's hat. Details like these, along with the expressions on the animals' faces, gives the characters personality and keeps readers engaged.
jkessluk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A group of wombats go for a walk, and one by one a dingo captures them. I laughed a little big that this evil dingo is smoking a pipe, and like that they but a dictionary of some of the Australian words found in the book. The point of the book is to be a counting poem book. It is more for adults to read to children but I thought the counting was too simple. The art is cute yet simple but complex; if that makes any sense.
aussiecath More than 1 year ago
Very nicely illustrated and a story that my daughter wants to read "again" and again! She loves counting up who is left and then the surprise of where did the wombats go! and out they come!