One Very Tired Wombat
Count from 1 to 10 and then back again with a very tired wombat!
One Very Tired Wombat was published by Random House Australia in 2012 and is available in bookstores and online.
Shortlisted for the CBCA 2013 Crichton Award for New Illustrators
First place 2011 CYA Conference Unpublished Illustrated Picture Book Competition
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“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
The story behind the very tired wombat…
I am a self-professed wildlife lover and when I moved to Australia in 2007, I was immediately smitten with the amazing birds and marsupials. (You wouldn’t believe how many photos I have of the little possum that used to visit our backyard!)
My first wombat-sightings at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Walkabout Creek Sanctuary were unimpressive; not surprisingly the little critter managed to sleep and sleep (and sleep) despite the presence of very noisy birds and children.
Little did I realize how much this really did impress me and I started creating illustrations of a very tired wombat with little birds on his back.
After a nasty battle with breast cancer in 2011 (which I won), I decided to finally write the book. I took my ideas and an outline to the Create a Kid’s Book Workshop, where I received lots of encouragement and know-how from Virginia Lowe and Peter Carnavas. I entered the story with illustrations into the 2011 CYA Conference Unpublished Illustrated Picture Book Competition and won first place. I met my publisher at the conference, and the rest is history.
So that is the story of how One Very Tired Wombat came to be… and he is continuing to provide inspiration for my characters and stories.