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Tuesday 21 February 2023

Review: Pocket Treasure

Oh, pockets! They are a fabric delight. They are everyday essentials, and I am with our protagonist Allira 100% when she reveals on the first few pages of Pocket Treasure that she only wants to wear a dress with pockets.

Through Allira’s adventures, readers are taken on a delightful journey, collecting this and collecting that.

And pockets aren’t only good for putting things into. They're also great for pulling things out of, and Allira does so, coming to her classmates’ rescue when they need a “something”.

But after helping so much, and giving away all her pocket treasure, Allira runs into trouble when she needs a “something” of her own and there’s nothing left in her beautiful yellow pockets. What will she do?

Pocket Treasure by Wenda Shurety and Juliana Oakley captures the true essence of childhood. It's a celebration of seeing beauty in all the small things around us. Even the discarded things. 

It’s also a story about friendship and caring and helping others, which is just so warming. This balance of heart and curious adventure is perfection on paper, offering readers an engaging story that hits all the marks.

Oakley’s illustrations are nothing short of addictive. Allira is such a gentle soul, and Oakley brings her personality to life through funky colours, a gorgeous mop of soft and fuzzy hair, and expressions that speak to your soul.

Gosh I love this child. I want to be her friend, and the combined power of Shurety’s words and Oakley’s illustrations is what triggers this.

For a delightful and friendly adventure that is sure to get kids everywhere starting their own collections of special somethings, I highly recommend Pocket Treasure.

Title: Pocket Treasure
Author: Wenda Shurety
Illustrator: Juliana Oakley
Publisher: Affirm Press, $19.99
Publication Date: 31 January 2023
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781922848574
For ages:  3 - 6
Type: Picture Book