From the Pocket of an Overcoat

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Farmer Buckles is delivering his apples to a market in the city. He sees a little cat stick its head out of the pocket of a homeless woman. Farmer Buckles stops and offers to trade some apples to the woman for her cat. The woman wants to find a good home for her little cat, Max, so she lets him go. Max has an exciting ride to the Buckle farm, where he sees cows and a rooster that worry about Farmer Buckle hitting things as he drives. Inside the house, Max meets four dogs. These dogs meet and talk about Max, finally accepting him into the family. Max explores the house, and the story suddenly ends with an indication there is more to come.

This is a very text-heavy picture book with no clear point of view. The narration jumps from the point of view of this character to that character. The story is muddled and the characters are largely undeveloped. There is no clear story problem or direction. Some of the illustrations are cute, but some are muddy. The author/illustrator could use some courses in picture book design and writing, and the help of a good editor.

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Star Count 2.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 36 pages
Publisher Archwaypublishing
Publish Date 20-Nov-2021
ISBN 9781733254977 Buy this Book
Issue March 2022
Category Children's