The Pocket Chaotic

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Pub Date 27 Apr 2021 | Archive Date 29 Jul 2021

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Praise for Pocket Chaotic

'A humorous invitation to embrace change and move on'. -- KIRKUS

'Pops of golden yellow dominate the watercolor, ink, and pencil illustrations of this tongue-in-cheek story about helping children embrace their independence'. -- Foreword Reviews

'There is so much to look and giggle at in this book'. -- Youth Services Book Review

'This stylish book with a relatable story is a joy for children and adults alike'. -
- BookTrust

'Enjoy this exuberant, warm story and share the neon illustrations with little ones wanting independence, yet not quite ready to really let go'. --
Armadillo Children's Magazine

'A charming and well-crafted picture book story'. -- School Reading List


Alexander’s mom keeps putting stuff in her pocket and it’s driving him crazy!

A young kangaroo called Alexander lives in his mom, Nancy’s pocket. Alexander loves his mom, but there’s one thing she does that really drives him nuts. She is always putting stuff in her pocket. Alexander tries to keep things neat, but the more he tidies, the more stuff she shoves in there. When he complains, his sister calls him a baby – it’s time to leave the pouch anyway. But Alexander loves it in there – it’s warm and cosy and smells of mom.

Then one day, it gets really bad. Twelve bobby pins, a tube of toothpaste, a bottle of water, a packet of chewing gum, two bus tickets, some keys, a toy car and a cookbook all find their way into Nancy’s pouch. And that’s just for starters. Finally, Alexander’s had enough. ‘I can’t take it any more!’ he shouts. ‘I’m moving out!’ So Alexander moves into the room next to his sister’s. They make it all cosy, with a furry blanket and shelves for all his stuff. So it’s just like his mom’s pouch. Almost. The penultimate spread is Alexander sleeping with all his stuff strewn around him. The final spread is Nancy clearing out her pocket with a wink. It was time for Alexander to go.

This is a heartwarming tale about the connection between a son and mother and a journey towards independence.

Praise for Pocket Chaotic

'A humorous invitation to embrace change and move on'. -- KIRKUS

'Pops of golden yellow dominate the watercolor, ink, and pencil illustrations of this tongue-in-cheek story...

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A short and sweet picture book about a kangaroo dealing with a messy mum—the pacing in both words and art, the increasing pocket chaos, and the comedic timing were absolutely fantastic. It is sure to delight parent and child alike.

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The Pocket Chaotic is a fun and adorable picture book about a young kangaroo overwhelmed by the messiness of his mother's pouch. The illustrations are wonderful and silly and I loved how the young kangaroo learns to embrace change and his independence. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for providing this ARC.

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Clever little story about moving Jr. out of mom's pouch and into his own room.That is one smart mom. I have always thought a child should not be so comfortable at home as to never want to leave. Loved the illustrations, particularly as mom keeps adding stuff to her pouch; the ending is priceless! I don't know if the kids will get it,...but I am sure the parents will find it hilarious! make a fine addition to a parenting section, lol.

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This is such an adorable book -- one that I want to add to my personal library, too! The cute remarks from the kangaroo's mother spoke directly to this mama's heart!

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Alexander the kangaroo lives in his mom’s pocket, and he loves it there. It’s warm and cozy and smells like mom. There’s just one problem: Mom throws everything else in there, too! Spare change, candy wrappers, banana peels. Finally, Jasper can’t handle it anymore. But can he find a place as cozy as mom’s pocket? This charming picture book about finding a place where you belong—even if it’s not what you expected—is sure to make kids laugh out loud. Parents will also appreciate the role reversal, with mom being the messy one. Visually stunning art by Daniel Gray-Barnett gives the reader so much to look at, they’ll never catch it all in one read! Check out The Pocket Chaotic by Ziggy Hanaor, published by Cicada Books now on sale!

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