The Muddle-Headed Wombat by Ruth Park

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 Young, 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 an 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.

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