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Wednesday 26 June 2019

Review: The Jacket

The Jacket is a debut picture book for Australian author, Sue-Ellen Pashley, with pictures created by award-winning illustrator, Thea Baker.

The story is, as the title says, about a jacket. It's one of those ones that is much-loved and comfortable. The kind you don't want to give up, even when you grow out of it, or it gets a bit too worn and torn.

This jacket starts out with Amelia, who wears it everywhere. When it no longer fits, because Amelia is getting older, the jacket gets passed on to her sister Lily.

Lily loves the jacket just as much as Amelia, and wears it everywhere.

The jacket eventually goes on to become a dress up for toys. Later still, their cat Cornflake makes use of the jacket when she has her kittens. It's rather a useful jacket!

There's also another surprise and use for the jacket in store, as the story reaches its conclusion.

The illustrations for The Jacket are created using collage, including colourful patterned material for the jacket. This adds a wonderful and appropriate texture to the story.

The Jacket shows the progression of life and things that change as children grow up. Parents will be able to recognise their own experiences in the story, and use it as a subtle tool for explaining similar situations to their children.

Title: The Jacket
Author: Sue-Ellen Pashley
Illustrator: Thea Baker
Publisher: Black Dog Books, $24.99
Publication Date: May 2019
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781925381788
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture book