Book Review: Christmas Wombat

Rating: ★★★★☆

This time our imperterbably stubborn wombat takes a flight of fancy — on the back of Santa’s sleigh, where she settles in to nap after shoving the reindeer aside to get their carrots.  She follows Santa down another chimney (“A wombat hole?”) and after visiting several homes decides the “strange creatures” pulling the sleigh are useful for finding carrots.

The gently ironic humor of the original books is continued here, and several jokes are repeated, enhancing the comic effect. French’s text is again very spare, and the story is beautifully paced, with a satisfying conclusion.  Since several jokes depend on their repetition from previous books, it’ll be best appreciated by kids who have experienced the original Diary of a Wombat. And it’s so clearly make-believe that it shouldn’t matter whether the audience believes in Santa.

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Publication Information: French, Jackie. Christmas Wombat. Whatley, Bruce (Illustrator). Diary of a Wombat; Clarion. 2012. ISBN: 0547868723.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 04-08, Easy Readers
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Posted on December 3, 2014


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