Paperback | Age 2+ | 36 pages | 250 x 250mm Publication November 2021 | ISBN 9781914079689
A tender, humorous picture book helping to introduce potty training to young children through the character of George the Wombat. George wants to play, but Mummy Wombat tells him he has to use the potty before he leaves. George is finding it very difficult until he gets some advice from his friends and Papa Wombat and he is finally successful!
Originally published in Czech, this book has been expertly translated by Alexandra Büchler.
Eva Papoušková is an author of screenplays, books and playscripts. She graduated from the screenwriting department at FAMU and has written more than 120 hours for prime time TV, written one feature, and co-wrote on documentaries since. She has worked with the Oscar-winning director Malcolm Clarke. Currently she is focused on teaching screenwriting in English and writes highly-praised books for children in Czech.
Galina Miklínová is a Czech director, animator and illustrator. She graduated from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague and also studied at the University of Humberside in the UK. Among her TV and film credits is Večerníček O Kanafáskovi, Lichožrouti, winner of the International Children’s Film Festival in Chicago.
Alexandra Büchler is Director of Literature Across Frontiers (LAF). A translator and editor of numerous publications, she was born in Prague and started her career as cultural manager with the Australia Council for the Arts before moving to the UK. She has translated more than twenty books of fiction, poetry and publications on visual arts and architecture, and edited six anthologies of short fiction in Czech and English translation. Among the authors she has translated into her native Czech are J.M. Coetzee, David Malouf, Janice Galloway, Gail Jones, Jeanette Turner Hospital and Rhea Galanaki.
'Potty stories are always popular, and George’s efforts to obey his mum, and the advice he gets from friends, are both funny and charming. The illustrations are warm and full of life – George is a very appealing little character – and parents will find this a good way to introduce the subject of toilet training.' - Andrea Reece, LoveReading4Kids
'Eva Papouskova and Galina Miklinova have combined writing and illustration skills to bring us the cutest little wombat, his wombat friends and family, wombat facts and a hilarious story too. Many of us will likely never get to see a wombat in real life but George certainly makes up for that! Little ones may well, in fact will hopefully giggle as the read story with you but hopefully they will be inspired by George’s continued efforts to try their very best with their own potty training.' - Armadillo Magazine
"With its repeat refrains and gentle humour throughout the telling, a humour that is superbly underscored in Galina Miklínová’s cross-hatched illustrations showing the cuddlesome creature endeavouring to follow instructions and produce the goods, this book will delight both youngsters and adults, all of whom will relish the potty-sitting sequences." - Jill Bennett, Red Reading Hub
"This is a great and fun book to help children with their potty training. It has some great advice which can be repeated to children and it’s just an overall very fun book to look at again and again. And you might also learn an interesting fact about wombats along the way too!" - The Strawberry Post
'Charmingly illustrated, readers will delight in George's expressive manner as he navigates the perils of potty training. Simply gorgeous.' - Alison King
'George the Wombat is a really cute loveable book for age 2+ that all children with laugh and enjoy' - Book Read 2 Day
'We have been enjoying reading this with Dylan (aged 2) as he is going through his potty training journey. Dylan’s enjoyed this book as George is a furry creature which is different to the other potty books we have been reading where the characters are human / kids.' - Sarah Tyson, Books Up North