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.
Sep 6, 2017
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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
Author and Illustrator
James Mayhew is an internationally acclaimed author, artist and storyteller whose books reflect his passionate advocacy of the arts for young children. His imaginative Katie series invites readers to step inside famous paintings, Ella Bella Ballerina explores classic ballets, and other works feature folk tales and stories from opera and Shakespeare. James Mayhew lives in Baldock, Hertfordshire.
Author and Illustrator
Jackie Morris is internationally admired for her imaginative and atmospheric picture books, illustrated with watercolours and often with a fantasy dimension. Her previous books include The Snow Leopard, The Ice Bear and Tell Me a Dragon. Her books The Seal Children, New Born Child and One Cheetah, One Cherry were published by Otter-Barry Books in 2016. In 2019 she was awarded the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for her work on The Lost Words. Jackie Morris lives in St. David's, Pembrokeshire.