Hello, friends! Our book today is Wally the World’s Greatest Piano-Playing Wombat by Ratha Tep and Camilla Pintonato, a humorous and heartwarming take on competitive proficiency.
Nothing brings Wally Wombat more joy than playing the piano, and he delights in practicing every day under the eucalyptus tree. He’s practiced so much that he was the best piano-playing wombat in the world! Well, emphasis on WAS, as a new wombat has strolled in and bested him. Eager to put himself back on top, Wally adds tap-dancing to his routine… only for the other wombat to do the same! Fine, if Wally can’t be the best, he won’t play piano at all! But is not holding the top spot worth giving up what he loves?
Delightful. Tep and Pintonato spin a wholesome and hilarious tale with an important message for young bookworms: one doesn’t need to be the best at something to enjoy doing it. In fact, as Wally learns, friendly competition can inspire us to improve our skills while supporting our friends’. Wally and his soon-to-be pal, Wylie, are illustrated with great charm and a fantastic use of white space to highlight their antics, and the twist ending is one that will make kids giggle. The length is perfect for a storytime, and JJ and I both enjoyed it. A great message in an entertaining package, and we recommend it – Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the author in exchange for an honest review.)