Mrs Noah's Pockets
By Jackie Morris
Illustrated by James Mayhew
A wonderfully unique take on the original Noah's Ark story, with stunning illustrations.
"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.
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Winner of the White Ravens 18
Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 19
"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 - The Guardian
"Mayhew's flowing, vivid mixed-media illustrations give the book a warm texture all its own...a beautiful and necessary parable for our time."
"A magical, witty and gently feminist addition to the biblical tale."
Allison Pearson - Sunday Telegraph