By Jackie French & Bruce Whatley
Celebrating ten years of one very determined wombat and one extraordinary collaboration
Jackie French’s love of wombats comes alive in this cheeky observation of Mothball’s life, while Bruce Whatley’s captivating illustrations of Mothball’s antics show just how entertaining and endearing wombats are to humans.
Published around the world including in France, United Kingdom and the USA Diary of a Wombat is a beautiful tale of one wombat’s daily life.
From the creators –
‘Mothball Wombat bounced into our lives 17 years ago, bashing up the garbage bin, shredding the doormat, and demanding carrots. Diary of a Wombat changed my life. No matter where I talk – from keynotes at history conferences to talks on literacy or weed ecology – someone always wants to know ‘is the wombat in Diary of a Wombat real?’ She’s real, she’s big, stroppy, smelly, and she and the book she inspired have brought us enormous joy.’ – JACKIE FRENCH
‘The inspiration for Mothball, the wombat was a very ugly, white English Bulldog i had at the time. In many ways they were the same shape. They definitely had the same personality. The success of Diary of a Wombat’ has been overwhelming at times – it’s not something you can plan or predict. There’s just no stopping that wombat.’ – BRUCE WHATLEY
About the Authors
JACKIE FRENCH is one of Australia’s most renowned and best-loved children’s authors.Jackie’s books have won numerous awards, both in Australia and overseas, and they have been translated into over twenty languages. She lives in the Araluen Valley, NSW.
BRUCE WHATLEY has been writing and illustrating award winning children’s books for over twenty years. He has previously worked as an art director in advertising and has illustrated over 60 children’s books.