Item description for Wombat Divine by Mem Fox & Kerry Argent...
Overview Wombat dreams of winning a part in the Christmas Nativity play, but when he auditions and all of the parts start going to other people, he worries that he will not be in the play at all.
Wombat loves everything about Christmas--especially the Nativity play. But at the auditions, the first part goes to someone else. So does the next. And the next . . . Will there be a part left for Wombat? "Embodies a refreshing all-for-one Christmas spirit. . . . Its pleasures are infectious."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Delicious humor. . . . A delight to read and share."--School Library Journal (starred review)
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Studio: Harcourt Children's Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.31" Width: 8.59" Height: 0.37" Weight: 0.88 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2000
Publisher Harcourt Children's Books
ISBN 0152014160 ISBN13 9780152014162
Availability 0 units.
More About Mem Fox & Kerry Argent
Mem Fox is a retired Associate Professor of Literacy Studies (Flinders University, South Australia), and also Australia’s most highly regarded picture-book author. Her first publication, Possum Magic, is the best selling children’s book in Australia. It is thirty years old this year (2013) and is still available in hard-back. She has written many other internationally best-selling books for children including Time for Bed, Where Is The Green Sheep? and Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, a copy of which was Australia’s official gift to Prince George, the new royal baby. Mem has also written several non-fiction books for adults, including her renowned book for parents: Reading Magic. Her books have been translated into nineteen languages. She has received many civic honours and awards, and three honorary doctorates. She lives in Adelaide, South Australia, but leaps around a bit as an advocate for literacy and literature.
She lives in Adelaide, Australia.
Mem Fox currently resides in Adelaide. Mem Fox was born in 1946.
Reviews - What do customers think about Wombat Divine?
Divine Humor Mar 26, 2008
Mem Fox has done it again! Fox uses the special animals of Australia to illustrate that eachof us has a special place in life that we're each suited for. Love the illustration and the possitive way the animals handled finding that special place for Wombat. It was a favorite of ours this last Christmas, but we also keep it out year round and visitors to our home love reading it.
Wombat Divine review Jan 12, 2008
This Australian story about a young wombat wanting the lead in the school Christmas play, tugs at the heart strings of those who don't always get what they want. In the end the young wombat learns that all the parts in the Christmas play are important and together the actors create a wonderful experience for all in their animal rendition of the Christmas Story. Beautiful illustrations.
Australian Wildlife Christmas Nativity Oct 23, 2007
Although not the best of Mem Fox's work Wombat Divine is a very good story about an enthusiastic main character who doesn't quite have the ability to be initially succeed where he wants but has his dream come through in the end. A wombat has always dreamed of being in a nativity play but each character he tries out for, he finds out he is unsuited for.
The great story though is let down by very average illustrations by Kerry Argent, which is a shame as those who have read the wombat tale Sebastian Lives in a Hat know she can do a very good job when she puts in the effort and can draw very realistic looking wombats. None of the Australian animals in Wombat Devine actually resemble the Australian wildlife they are supposed to be. Wombat looks like a bear, the emu for some reason has wings that can come out of the front of its body like arms which emus in real life no doubt wish for but don't have, the echidna is just the platypus with a lot of yellow triangles coming out of its body, the bilby looks like a rabbit (no wonder Mem Fox dumped this illustrator and went with Pamela Lofts for the sensational Hunwick's Egg where the bilby actually looks like a bilby.
Mem Fox Nov 4, 2006
See my review for Time for Bed. This is another book from Mem Fox and an animal from Australia.
A lovely Christmas tale with an Australian flavour May 19, 2005
Wombat Divine is an Australian Classic and in my opinion one of Mem Fox's best. My family now own hundreds of childrens' picture books, but this was the first one I ever bought my son. It still remains a firm favourite with us. The illustrations are delightful, as is the story. It's a must have for the Christmas book collection - something a little different and makes a great gift. You can't help but fall in love with Wombat.