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Book Title: The Muddle-Headed Wombat|
The author of the book: Ruth Park
Edition: Angus & Robertson Childrens
Date of issue: 1990
ISBN 13: 9780207167331
Format files: PDF
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A classic Australian children's book; The Muddle-Headed Wombat follows Wombat and his two best friends Mouse and Tabby on their many adventures on holiday, at school and in the treetops.
Written by Ruth Park and illustrated by Noela Yound, this edition contains four tales; The Muddle-Headed Wombat (1962), The Muddle-Headed Wombat on Holiday (1964), The Muddle-Headed Wombat in the Treetops (1965), and The Muddle-Headed Wombat at School (1966).
I absolutely love The Muddle-Headed Wombat. I grew up with these stories and reading them again as an adult was an absolute joy.
Sweet, kind-hearted Wombat, caring, practical Mouse and vain, neurotic Tabby are such wonderful characters helping to make Ruth Park's stories timeless classics. The addition of Noela Yong's illustrations really enhanced this book. The illustrations perfectly compliment the story.
I really only have one issue with this book. The writing purposely misspelled words and confused sayings, this is because Wombat is a young Wombat who isn't very bright. Whilst I loved this feature as a child, it got on my nerves as as adult. Apart from this one thing, I can't fault this book.
I will forever love the stories of Wombat, Mouse and Tabby, and I highly recommend this book to everyone. Adults and kids alike.
The Muddle-Headed Wombat is a great Australian children's book that should be read and adored by all.
Written by Geramie Kate Barker
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Read information about the authorRuth Park was a New Zealand-born author, who spent most of her life in Australia. She was born in Auckland, and her family later moved to Te Kuiti further south in the North Island of New Zealand, where they lived in isolated areas.
During the Great Depression her working class father worked on bush roads, as a driver, on relief work, as a sawmill hand, and finally shifted back to Auckland as council worker living in a state house. After Catholic primary school Ruth won a partial scholarship to secondary school, but this was broken by periods of being unable to afford to attend. For a time she stayed with relatives on a Coromandel farming estate where she was treated like a serf by the wealthy landowner until she told the rich woman what she really thought of her.
Ruth claimed that she was involved in the Queen Street riots with her father. Later she worked at the Auckland Star before shifting to Australia in 1942. There she married the Australian writer D'Arcy Niland.
Her first novel was The Harp in the South (1948) - a story of Irish slum life in Sydney, which was translated into 10 languages. (Some critics called it a cruel fantasy because as far as they were concerned there were no slums in Sydney.) But Ruth and D'Arcy did live in Sydney slums at Surry Hills. She followed that up with Poor Man's Orange (1949). She also wrote Missus (1985) and other novels, as well as a long-running Australian children's radio show and scripts for film and TV. She created The Muddle-Headed Wombat series of children's books. Her autobiographies are A Fence Around the Cuckoo (1992) and Fishing in the Styx (1993). She also wrote a novel based in New Zealand, One-a-pecker, Two-a-pecker (1957), about gold mining in Otago (later renamed The Frost and The Fire).
Park received awards in Australia and internationally.
Winner of the Dromkeen Medal.
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