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Book Review: Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball

Posted on: January 5, 2010

Disclaimer: The reviewer has no connection to or personal knowledge of the author and/or illustrator of the book being reviewed. Selections of books to be reviewed are random.

This review is intended for parents or other significant person in a child’s life who may be looking for suitable books for their children to read or have read to them. 

  • Publisher: Gullane Children’s Books
  • Published: 28 January 2008
  • Format: Board book 22 pages
  • See: Full bibliographic data
  • Categories: Baby Books
  • 978-1-86233-524-0 2008


    As I picked up this book I was instantly attracted to the illustrations on the both the front and back covers. I loved the little wombat curled up in a field of strawberries amid little butterflies, a bee and a Shasta daisy on the front cover.

    Charles Fuge’s illustrations are wonderfully whimsically appealing. The wombat looks like a stuffed animal that you might find on a child’s bed, one that has been cuddled and loved. His child-like eyes and facial features could easily have been the eyes and features of a small human child. Other animals we see in this story, like the worm peering out of a berry, are equally appealing.

    Vicki Churchill’s short book, between 175 and 200 words, is geared for the younger child three to six years of age as the wombat does things that a child that age would do. He makes faces, plays in the mud, rolls over and over in the berries and crawls in beside his mother. 

    When I took a look at the text, I was pleased to discover the text was simple and perfectly matched to the illustrations.

    Here again, the words were words that a child could connect to. It starts out with the words, “Sometimes I like to curl up in a ball. So no one can see me because I’m so small.” The words are what a child this age does and thinks.

    As a collector of children’s book, this one gets my stamp of approval. I added it to my own personal library. It is one of those books that you find your child will want to read over and over again.

    If you want to know more about the little wombat and his adventures, check it out at your local library.

     More Books by Vicki Churchill 

    Adventures of Little Wombat   Adventures of Little Wombat  by: Vicki Churchill, Angela McAllister

     Butterfly Kiss   Butterfly Kiss by: Vicki Churchill, Charles Fuge.

    Doubling Fun with Annie Ant  Doubling Fun with Annie Ant by: Vicki Churchill
    Lonely Wasp Lonely Wasp  by: Charles Fuge, Vicki  Churchill.


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