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Wesley Wombat tries very hard to be a superhero. 'If only I had superpowers like all my friends!' he thinks longingly.
All of Wesley's friends can do special things: the kangaroo can jump really high, the frilled lizard can make itself look big and scary, the ant can lift up things bigger than itself and the eagle can see things miles away. . . children will enjoy lifting the flaps to see Wesley's disastrous attempts to copy his friends!
Feeling despondent, Wesley sets off to a bush birthday party, only to find his friends trapped in a burning shed. Finally he discovers his very own superpowers - just in time!
At the back of the book, check out the real fascinating 'superpowers' of the native animals in this story.
Wesley Wombat really wanted to be a superhero.
‘If only I had superpowers like all my friends!’ he thought longingly.
If only he could fly like the king parrot, swim like the platypus, jump like the kangaroo or protect himself with body armour like the echidna. But, sadly, no matter how hard he tries to be like his friends in the bush, his attempts end in near disaster. He is feeling really despondent but his mother reassures him he will find his special talent and to look forward to the birthday party with his friends the next day. And it is on his way to the party that Wesley discovers his super power and becomes a super hero.
This is a charming story written for the very young who are learning to identify our unique indigenous creatures and their special characteristics. Using a lift-the-flap format, Cheryl Westenberg has created the most wonderful illustrations of Wesley's mishaps that little ones (and bigger ones too) will roll on the floor laughing and really understand the fun to be had in stories while understanding that each of us has our own super power because we are all really good at something. Bright and colourful and accompanied by extra pages of facts about each of the featured creatures, this is a must-have addition for the early childhood collection.