Jackie French and Bruce Whatley (Illustrator) It’s Christmas! And it’s Christmas for Mothball the Wombat too. She eats, she sleeps, she scratches, but on Christmas Eve she also takes a very unexpected sleigh ride!
We’ve not read the bestselling ‘Diary of a Wombat’ yet (must pop it on the Christmas list!), but liked the sound of this title – after all, a book title containing the words ‘wombat’ and ‘christmas’ has got to have something to like!
This is a very simple read and one that is perfect for my two year old. Mothball has a fairly laid back existence including much sleep, some scratching, and quite a bit of carrot eating! This book has her awoken and taken by surprise when she smells carrots and follows the scent but finds some rather large creatures already there munching away on ‘her’ carrots. These turn out to be Santa’s reindeer. After ‘fighting a major battle’ with the large creatures, getting the carrots, and settling down for a sleep on Santa’s sleigh Mothball finds herself joining Santa’s trips down chimneys and trying to eat the carrots that have been left out for Santa’s reindeer.
Told in simple ‘diary’ form with one or two words at a time to describe Mothball’s activities, this book was great for my two year old who doesn’t always have the concentration to focus on a detailed story but likes to look at and point at the pictures. The illustrations by Bruce Whatley are just lovely and opened up a nice little chat with Sam about what the wombat was doing, and laughing together about her quest for carrots! Verdict: This book would be great for toddlers and pre-schoolers and would be a wonderful addition to the stocking this year. Reviewed by Lesley