Mrs Noah’s Pockets

£12.99

This is a stunning picture book. Jackie Morris creates an illustrative sub-story of the unknown Mrs Noah, who, while Mr Noah is preoccupied by the flood, sews a voluminous garment of power, palette, potential and pockets. Through Mr Noah’s comments, and the gentle hints of the text, we learn what is hidden by Mrs Noah. We realise this fully at the conclusion of the story, We are left to consider why Mrs Noah might save the magical creatures against her husband’s wishes, Mr Noah’s aversion to them, and the long-lasting effects of their rescue.

James Mayhew’s swirling, flood strewn, magical Earth reawakened crayon and wax resist images are glorious. They enrich Jackie Morris’s language startlingly. ‘Mrs Noah’s Pockets‘ should be read, loved, reread, shared and treasured by readers of all ages. It is a book for everyone and ever more.

Description

Mrs Noah’s Pockets

Jackie Morris, illustrated by James Mayhew

(Otter-Barry Books)- hardback

Mrs Noah’s Pockets is an inspirational picture book of wonder, magic and mayhem. While Noah steers the ark across the ocean and the rains pour, we know that Mrs Noah holds a secret in her pockets. Furthermore, this secret speaks of hope, of what she longs once the turmoil is through.
We watch the waters rise, the claustrophobia grow aboard, while we see Mrs Noah pace and watch. She wears a veritable cloak of many colours, that seem to personify the depths and intricacy of her person. Furthermore there’s something in her clothing that speaks of the wonder of difference and the way that we are all bonded together, whatever our make, shape, size, pattern or colour.
Thereafter, what happens when Mrs Noah’s Pockets are revealed? Might it have something to do with Mrs Noah’s Garden? Let’s step aboard and see!

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