Mrs Noah's Pockets Synopsis
At last all were gathered inside the ark. It heaved with animals, large and small. Mrs Noah wore a brand-new coat, with a hood and a cape - and very deep pockets. Lots of pockets. When Mr Noah builds the ark, he makes two lists - one for all the animals who will come on board and one for those troublesome creatures he will leave behind. Meanwhile, Mrs Noah gets out her sewing machine and makes a coat with very deep pockets. Lots of pockets.
Mrs Noah's Pockets Press Reviews
I suspect this will make it onto my list of favourite books of 2017. Lyrical, witty, SO beautiful, and just a tiny bit subversive. Superb. * Playing by the Book * The beautiful, other-worldly illustrations by James Mayhew encapsulate the dreamlike feel of the story; they combine collage, shape and print-making to excellent effect. The lyrical text carries a significant message about our stewardship of the world. An unusual and thoughtful book. * Parents in Touch * One of the most familiar of the biblical stories is retold with a surprising twist in this beautiful book. A thoughtful text is accompanied by stunning illustrations making this a satisfying and charming read. Highly recommended. * Bookbag 5 star review * Stunning from start to finish, with sumptuous eye-catching artwork beautifully woven around this new twist on the well-known tale... When the story draws to a close, it'll definitely stick in your mind and we'd easily predict that this is bound to become one of the most talked about and visually stunning books of the year. * Read It, Daddy! * This totally fresh and original take on the Noah's Ark story is an absolute bobby-dazzler and what an inspired author/artist pairing. Jackie Morris' s powerful prose is honed to perfection so that not a single word is superfluous. * Red Reading Hub * What a wonderful book on many levels. .. It is great to have a strong female adult lead character in a children's book. * EYE * A unique take on the story of Noah's Ark, Mrs Noah adds a sparkle of mischief to proceedings keeping the magic alive and the animals safe. * Armadillo * This different take on the famous story is told in poetic language and illustrated with strikingly beautiful pictures. ... A magical book. * Juno * An original take on the Bible story and Mayhew's art sings off the page and is very different from his previous work. A terrific present. -- Adele Geras * Achuka Best Books of the Year * A magical, witty and gently feminist addition to the biblical tale. -- Allison Pearson * Sunday Telegraph * Subversive * Telegraph * Marrying Jackie Morris's words with James Mayhew's richly textured illustrations, this book is fabulous in all particulars, from its duped patriarch believing that his wife is sewing curtains rather than secret pockets for centaurs, to it endpapers, full of wild waters and gambolling fantastic beasts. -- Imogen Russell Williams * Guardian * An entirely original rendition of the Noah's Ark story that will surprise and delight, especially those who love a subversive character for we surely have one in Jackie Morris' Mrs Noah. As her husband is busily constructing an ark and making plans to rid the world of some of the `more troublesome creatures' thereon, Mrs Noah, aware of his lists of condemned creatures, is not as her husband thinks, stitching curtains for the ark; rather she's snipping, threading, tacking, tucking and stitching herself a coat of many pockets: pockets in which to hide all those creatures her husband intends to leave behind when they set sail. And set sail they do, eventually finding a safe landing place where Mr Noah could allow his chosen animals to spill out and Mrs Noah too, could release her animals, those magical stowaways which are the stuff of fantastical tales of their own. The whole book is superb: its overall design; Jackie Morris' perfectly crafted, at times poetic, prose; and James Mayhew's dramatically eye-catching, new style illustrations both large and small - a mix of collage and print-making. Together they make for what must surely become a classic picture book. * Books for Keeps 5 star review * [Mrs Noah] never wavers in her moral resolve, and her cleverness and compassion shine in this sly secular reimagining. * Publishers Weekly starred review * There is true synergy between text and illustration. * Carousel * Beautifully and inventively illustrated. * IBBY Link * Mayhew's flowing, vivid mixed-media illustrations give the book a warm texture all its own...a beautiful and necessary parable for our time. * Kirkus Reviews Starred Review *