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Published by Angus & Robertson, an imprint of HarperCollins.
Mothball is a wombat. A very busy wombat. After all, she has to sleep, eat, scratch, eat grass, and most importantly-train the humans she lives with to provide enough carrots for her to crunch. For grass all the time is soooo boring! So what if there is a door which stops her from entering the house in search of carrots? The only way is to chew a hole in the door to get in!
And how tiresome that the humans board up the hole! Now what does a wombat do? Well, Mothball just proceeds to battle with everything possible till she gets her carrots. The doormat "(Discovered flat, hairy creature invading my territory. Fought major battle with flat, hairy creature.)", the dustbin, ransacking shopping bags, Until she discovers that a whole lot of lovely, sweet, crunchy carrots can be got by digging them up from the garden. Gorged on until she gets bored of them, too.
So now what? Now Mothball feels like eating rolled oats. And proceeds to train her humans to give her rolled oats. And carrots too!
Inference by a wombat? "Have decided that humans are easily trained and made quite good pets."
A lovely picture book, that was much enjoyed by the 9 yr old. Read and re-read many times over. We searched and found the real story of Mothball, the story behind Diary of a Wombat. As endearing as the book. We learned a lot about this intelligent and aggressive marsupial along the way. We also read up on and learnt more about the way evolution has brought about the unique way in which this sub-class of mammals raises its young.
There was a lot of laughter as A and I drew parallels between the way Mothball apparently trains her humans and the way children apparently train their parents to heed all their needs, all the while that parents feel that they are training their children in something that the child needs to learn. It is, after all, a two-way street, isn't it?
The book is winner of the Booksellers' Choice Award, and a Children's Book Council of Australia Honour Book. Illustrations of the activities of Mothball by Bruce Whatley are worth noting, with their photographic quality. They speak volumes, without the need for any text at many places, making this a perfect picture book for even a very young child.
The book can also be viewed online here.