Wally the World's Greatest Piano-Playing Wombat

(Author) (Illustrator)

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$18.99  $17.66
Princeton Architectural Press
Publish Date
9.02 X 10.84 X 0.35 inches | 0.81 pounds

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About the Author

Ratha Tep is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and has reported from Paris, Milan, London, Zurich, and Dublin. She is now looking to create new worlds of her own, in which animal characters navigate their foibles and frailties with humor and spirit; Wally the World's Greatest Piano-Playing Wombat is her debut picture book. She lives in Dublin, Ireland. Camilla Pintonato is the author-illustrator of Full Moon and the illustrator for the Farm Animal series, Chickenology and Pigology. She lives in Venice, Italy.


"Tep's encouraging message about doing what you love despite not being the greatest of all time will spur children to explore life's joys just for the pleasure it brings....This rollicking fable will resonate with aficionados, dilettantes, and prodigies everywhere."
- Kirkus Reviews

"What a delightful picture book. Competition, collaboration, wombats! The illustrations are bold and hilarious, the text is full of humor and heart. Like the wombats, they work together to make something wonderful."
- Corey R. Tabor, author-illustrator of the 2022 Caldecott Honor Book Mel Fell

"Wally the World's Greatest Piano-Playing Wombat is a charming story about competitiveness and creativity, told with sly humor and wit. It definitely resonated with us as artists, and its message will resonate with any budding artist, musician, or competitive creative. Both the illustrations and text are a delight."
- The Fan Brothers, authors/illustrators of the 2021 New York Times New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children's Book, It Fell From the Sky

"What a book. What a wombat! Wally is a wonder. Forget the piano, his true greatness is that he is every creative kid and adult everywhere. Through Tep's humorous text and Pintonato's hilarious illustrations, Wally reminds us all that we don't have to be the greatest in the world at our creative pursuits to find the greatest joy in pursuing them."
- Jarrett Pumphrey, co-author/illustrator of The Old Truck, a 2020 Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly