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Product Description

Wombat loves to dig. One day, he digs the deepest hole he’s ever dug and crawls into the darkness to think. But when he climbs out a bit later, he can’t find his mother. He is all alone! As Wombat wanders through the bush looking for her, he meets all kinds of creatures: Kookaburra, Wallaby, Possum, Emu, Koala and Boy. None of them thinks very much of Wombat and his digging – until danger threatens, and he comes up with a brilliant idea!

“An exceptional book. Wonderful to read aloud.” Naomi Lewis, Daily Telegraph

“Warm, soft pastel drawings by Christian Birmingham distinguish every page… The illustrations are zoologically correct but the wombat still has the goofy, amiable charm of a cartoon character.” Observer

Product Details

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9780006646273

Publisher

HarperCollins Children's Books

Date published

August 7th, 2000

Condition

New

Author/Illustrator

Michael Morpurgo

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Michael Morpurgo is a master storyteller, weaving captivating stories full of drama and intensity that are coming to be regarded as true classics. Exploring the most profound subjects with a light yet powerful touch, his books tell unforgettable stories in simple, direct words.

Michael Morpurgo discovered his talent for writing while working as a teacher. “We had to read the children a story every day and my lot were bored by the book I was reading. I decided I had to do something and told them the kind of story I used to tell my kids – it was like a soap opera, and they focused on it. I could see there was magic in it for them, and realised there was magic in it for me.”

Living in Devon, listening to Mozart, and working with children have provided most of the stimulae Michael needs to discover and write his stories. He spends about half his life mucking out sheds with the children, feeding sheep or milking cows; the other half he spends dreaming up and writing stories. “For me, the greater part of writing is daydreaming, dreaming the dream of my story until it hatches out – the writing down of it I always find hard. But I love finishing it, then holding the book in my hand and sharing my dream with my readers.”

Christian Birmingham

Christian Birmingham needs little introduction. The Guardian described him as ‘A modern-day Degas’ and he has been nominated for three prestigious UK illustration awards: the Mother Goose; the Kurt Maschler and the Kate Greenaway. He is particularly admired for his interpretation of the classics – most recently Scholastic’s The Classic Tales of Hans Christian Andersen was described by Publishing News as ‘A very special book . . . with the wonderful vision of a renowned illustrator.’ He lives in London.

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