Books by Jackie French

CHRISTMAS WOMBAT by Jackie French
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"The wombat hopes those strange carrot-attracting creatures will be back soon, and young readers will hope the lovable wombat returns for more cleverly constructed carrot quests. (Picture book. 2-7)"
In this holiday-themed entry in their successful series, French and Whatley introduce their lovable wombat character to Santa and his reindeer. Read full book review >
DIARY OF A BABY WOMBAT by Jackie French
Released: Sept. 13, 2010

"Still, the air of freshness that blew through the first book is absent here; better to buy a new copy of the first than to invest in this rerun. (Picture book. 5-7)"
If this duo's minimalist Diary of a Wombat (2003) was a textbook example of words and art together creating narrative, then this sequel is equally an exemplar of what can go wrong when you try to apply a formula to success. Read full book review >
HOW TO SCRATCH A WOMBAT by Jackie French
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 16, 2009

"This shorter version of a 2005 title published Down Under is as irresistible as its subject. (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
In an equally beguiling companion to their award-winning Diary of a Wombat (2003), French and Whatley collaborate on an introduction to wombats and their behavior—as observed through the author's 30+ years of having them as neighbors and caring for injured ones in New South Wales. Read full book review >
JOSEPHINE WANTS TO DANCE by Jackie French
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"An entertaining read-aloud that shows off an appealing tutu-clad kangaroo leaping across perfectly pink pages as if she were captured in a series of camera clicks. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The oft-told story of the stage-struck youngster who saves the show when the star is injured returns in this variation that features a ballet-dancing kangaroo named Josephine. Read full book review >
ROVER by Jackie French
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2007

"Enthralling, though the title needs improving. (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
When Viking raiders overrun Hekja's Danish village, her speed and courage impress Freydis, the bold daughter of Eric the Red, who takes her prisoner, along with her wolfhound Riki Snarfari (Rover), and carries them back to Greenland. Read full book review >
PETE THE SHEEP-SHEEP by Jackie French
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 17, 2005

"It's a sweetly fleecy tale of outsider-makes-good, the genially inevitable ending entirely satisfying. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In a sort of "queer eye for the straight sheep," a mild-mannered shearer and his sheep-sheep show a trio of tough shearers how to get in touch with their stylish sides. Read full book review >
DIARY OF A WOMBAT by Jackie French
Released: Aug. 18, 2003

"The level of irony involved requires sophisticated readers, but they will laugh out loud at the wombat's antics—and breathe sighs of relief that she's not their neighbor. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A wombat, American readers will learn, is an adorable round creature that looks something like a small, pointy-eared bear and likes to sleep. Read full book review >
HITLER’S DAUGHTER by Jackie French
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2003

"A fresh, well-told, and sobering story that needs a wide readership. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In this intriguing story of what-if by an award-winning Australian writer, friends wait for their school bus during weeks of incessant rains as they listen to Anna relate the tale of Heidi, Hitler's young daughter. Read full book review >