The Pocket Chaotic
Author: Ziggy Hanaor
Illustrator: Daniel Gray-Barnett
From the witty title, to the delightful endpapers, The Pocket Chaotic is a charming story about becoming independent and growing up.
When my oldest (who is now 18) was oh, in fifth grade or so, she was HORRIFIED to learn that there is no such thing as “mom school.” If there were, savvy kangaroo mom Nancy might be able to teach a course or two.
Little joey Alexander has a great mum. She’s fun, talented and clever. She is not neat. (This also describes my youngest child, by the way).
“For the most part, Alexander didn’t mind, but there was one thing that really drove him crazy…She was always putting stuff in her pouch. And her pouch was where Alexander spent most of his time.”
Alexander’s big sister Elly thinks he should just get over it and move out of Mum’s pocket, but Alexander isn’t ready to leave.
From the witty title, to the delightful endpapers, The Pocket Chaotic is a charming story about becoming independent and growing up. The long list of items that Alexander finds in the pouch are great fun to read aloud, and the witty illustrations caused me to laugh out loud more than once. Adult readers will wonder, is mom Nancy Machiavellian, or just messy? Either way, The Pocket Chaotic is both entertaining and comforting. That’s a neat (ha!) trick.
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My thanks to Cicada Books for providing a Review Copy of this book. All opinions provided herein are my own.
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