Random House Australia (2012)
For ages: 3-6 years
Reviewed by Elinor Couper
Wombat is nocturnal and after a very busy night is quite tired. As the very tired wombat tries to get some rest, he is gradually surrounded by familiar Australian birds such as kookaburras, magpies and galahs. This plethora of iconic Aussie birds that take turns in groups of two to ten, to use the poor, sleepy wombat as their source of play. Initially the birds try to be quiet, but as the morning progresses the birds get noisier until we have nine cackling kookaburras! He is super patient with all the kerfuffle until a ‘flittering fairy wren’ loses a feather. It flutters onto Wombat’s nose causing him to sneeze with such magnificence that all the birds scatter.
Counting from 1 to 10 (and back again), One Tired Wombat is a lovely book for young readers. The black and white illustrations are simple with humorous appeal as the poor wombat struggles to ignore the cheeky, chattering birds. The back pages tempt you with information about wombats, curlews, frogmouths and penguins.
Tired parents will love this book and appreciate the long-suffering expression on the wombat’s face as he deals with the constant interruptions while he tries to rest. Likewise young children will love the antics of the birds and the rhyming text.
Sweet and simple, One Tired Wombat is a lovely introduction to some of our iconic Australian wildlife as well as a fun way to practice counting from 1 to 10.
A simply beautiful book!