ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is a bushfire tale rather than a cutesy Mothball the Wombat story, so the use of a different illustrator separates French's usual wombat books from this one. The creatures of the bush flee before a fire, and some of them find refuge in the wombat's burrow. In the aftermath, they all suffer, but help comes from an unexpected quarter… Simple but effective rhyming conveys a harsh tale with delicacy and eventually hope. The illustrations in soft browns and greys are non-confrontational but match the words effectively. Partial proceeds of this go towards the Wombat Protection Society, so you can combine a good book for little children with doing good! Lindy Jones
As the bushfire swallowed up the world they knew, a wombat shared her burrow with other animals.
As the flames of a bushfire approach, one small wombat shelters with other animals in her burrow. But that is just the beginning of their journey to safety.
Based on events witnessed by Australian Children's Laureate Jackie French during the 2020 fires, and co-created with award-winning illustrator Danny Snell, this is a story of courage, compassion and survival, which saw people across Australia come together to save our wildlife from devastation.