Ziggy Hanaor’s book, (Amazon affiliate link) The Pocket Chaotic, will appeal to many children for the novelty. Alexander lives in his mother’s pocket, as most young joeys do. It’s warm. It smells like his mother. It’s comfortable. However, it is also cluttered. He tries to keep everything organized, but his mother keeps stuffing more things into her pocket.
The illustrations in the book are cute, but that is pretty much where it ends. There is some shaming from Alexander’s older sister for the fact that he isn’t out of his mother’s pocket yet. There seems to be an intent to make the pocket purposefully uncomfortable in an attempt to kick him out.
My young co-reviewer mentioned that she didn’t like that aspect but that seeing into a fictional joey’s life in side his mother’s pouch was fun.
Disclaimer: An advance copy was provided by Cicada Books.
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