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Monday 8 August 2011

Review: The Pocket Dogs

Mr Pockets had a very big coat, and in his very big coat he had two very big pockets.

The two very big pockets were just the right size for two very small dogs. Their names were Biff and Buff.

Every day, winter or summer, Mr Pockets put on his big coat. Then he put Biff in the right pocket, and Buff in the left pocket.
One day Biff stuck his foot through a hole in Mr Pocket’s right pocket that grew bigger and bigger and bigger!

One day, the inevitable happens and poor wee biff falls out through the hole. Lost and frightened in a sea of legs he meets a few good samaritans who try to pop Biff in a shopping basket, a toy pram and a shopping trolley to help him find his home but none of them feel right so he jumps out. He is a pocket dog. Mr Pocket’s pocket dog.

Luckily he is scooped up by a loving pair of hands … Mr Pockets! Who takes him home where Mr Pockets sat down to sew up the very big hole in his pocket.

The language is bouncy, beautiful. The tiny dogs are adorable! The illustrations of Biff and Buff absolutely tugged at my heartstrings. Super cute!

This book completely captured my imagination!

Title: The Pocket Dogs
Author: Margaret Wild
Illustrator: Stephen Michael King
Publisher: Scholastic, $15.99 RRP
Publication Date: 2001
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781862914445
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book