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A delightful counting book featuring a cast of cheeky Australian animals and lots of humour.

A delightful counting book featuring a cast of cheeky Australian animals and lots of humour.

One wombat is very tired, and he just wants to rest. The birds try to be quiet – well, some of them, anyway – but it seems that they’re not as quiet as they think.

Poor tired wombat. Will he ever get some sleep?

One Very Tired Wombat is a charming counting book featuring some very cheeky Australian animals.


This delightful counting picture book is cleverly written and designed . . . The alliterative and well-worked language works well being read aloud while many will delight in the beautiful illustrations.

Liz Derouet, Magpies

Counting books are a dime a dozen, but Renee Treml's imaginative language makes One Very Tired Wombat unique! … Full of alliteration and humour, this hardcover gem doubles as a learning tool for young ones practising counting.

Kids' Book of the Week, Sunday Telegraph

Charming and instructive

Sarah Harrison Smith, New York Times

The judicious use of color and white space makes each two-page spread a work of art as well as a visual delight. Elegant, informative, engaging.

Kirkus Reviews

A sleepy wombat may command the title of this counting story, but it’s the noisy Australian birds intruding on his slumber that steal the spotlight. Treml works in scratchboard, an ideal medium to showcase the animals’ finely detailed fur and feathers, as well as give them personality. A spread of animal facts wraps up this playful tale.

Publishers Weekly

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    April 10, 2013

    Random House Australia Children's

    32 pages

    RRP $14.99

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  • EBook


    September 1, 2012

    Random House Australia

    32 pages

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    • iBooks
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Awards and Recognition

  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards
    Crichton Award for New Illustrators

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