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Book review: Wombat, Mudlark & Other Stories

Wombat, Mudlark and Other Stories by Helen MilroyREVIEWED BY ALBIE, 7, NSW

Wombat, Mudlark & Other Stories by Helen Milroy, Fremantle Press,
ISBN 9781925815818

Albie received a review copy of this book from the publisher.

The video below is approximately four minutes long. A text version of this book review is also provided if you scroll to the end of this post.

Albie (age 7) reviews Wombat Mudlark book, May 2019


Text version:

Hello, my name is Albie May and this is my review of Wombat, Mudlark & Other Stories by Helen Milroy.

This is my favourite line from the book – and by the way Helen Milroy is an Aboriginal Australian woman who works at the university in Perth and did study Medicine in university when she was in university and this is her first children’s book. This is my favourite line, as I said:

‘From fallen star to a lonely whale, from an entertaining lizard to an enterprising penguin, these stories are full of wonderful adventure and enduring friendships.’

Talking about illustrators – the illustrations in this book are wonderful. They help to create the whole book and I’m very … impressed with them.

My favourite story is ‘Gecko and Big Rock’ because it is a really lovely story about a really brave gecko that has a lot of friends, including Big Rock, and he has a lot of kindness and generosity in his heart.

I would like to show you this picture of Gecko [holds up book to show a black and white illustration of Gecko]. I think I’ll tell you a bit about the story. He … Gecko … is a really advention [adventurous] type and loves to tell stories about his adventures when he comes back, and all the other animals are getting kind of sick of it. So … and then the cold weather comes and they get frostbite on their toes when they’re walking outside and they have an idea to build a giant pile of rocks to pierce the clouds and someone … and Gecko … goes to collect the rocks and when he’s collected enough rocks, he goes back, climbs the gigantic mountain of rock, catches hold of the sky, pulls it down, and saves everybody from the extreme coldness.

And thank you for watching my book review of Wombat, Mudlark & Other Stories. Thank you.

Read a sample chapter from the publisher.


This is Albie’s second book review for Alphabet Soup. You can read her earlier review here. To send us YOUR story, poem, artwork or book review, check out our submission guidelines.

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Book review: Stories 1, 2, 3, 4

REVIEWED BY ALBIE, 6, NSW

Girl in striped shirt holding up the bookStories 1, 2, 3, 4 by Eugène Ionesco, translated & ill. by Etienne Delessert,
McSweeney’s McMullens, ISBN 9781936365517

Albie reviews her own copy of this book. 

The reason I like this book is because the dad is really lazy and the doctor’s banned him from going out, but he still goes out (which is the funny part).

The story I like the best is probably story 3, because he teaches the little girl how to speak different languages. And the dad stays up every night watching Punch and Judy shows and going to lots and lots of restaurants and heaps of barbers – and for that reason he’s always very tired in the morning and he sleeps in. And the little girl comes knocking at the door at the start of every story, and the dad tells her a story.

This is the best book ever!


This is Albie’s first review for Alphabet Soup. To send us YOUR story, poem, artwork or book review, check out our submission guidelines.

Happy reading!