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No Ordinary Jacket

Sue-Ellen Pashley, Thea Baker (Illustrator)


List Price: 17.99*
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What happens when you outgrow a cherished piece of clothing? An affectionate tale about letting go and watching the things you love take on a new life.

The jacket was no ordinary jacket. It was soft, like dandelion fluff. It was comforting, like a hug from your favorite teddy bear. And it had four dazzling buttons down the front.

Amelia wears her favorite jacket everywhere. She wears it to preschool. And to Aunty Kath’s house. And to the store. Even to bed! But one day, she can’t fit into it anymore. Perhaps she should give it to her little sister, Lilly? Then she can wear it everywhere . . . until it doesn’t fit her either, and the jacket can live on in other surprising ways. A reassuring text combines with enchanting collage illustrations to tell a story that is as warm and cozy as a well-loved coat.

Praise For No Ordinary Jacket

A special jacket flourishes in a family over time...Snug and enchanting.

Lines by Pashley, making her picture book debut, are evocative and rhythmic (“It was soft, like dandelion fluff./ It was warm, like the afternoon sun”), with phrases that repeat like the chorus of a song. The story aptly draws its warmth from domestic comforts as it champions reusing precious things instead of throwing them away.
—Publishers Weekly

Baker’s soft, subtle collage-style illustrations pair perfectly with Pashley’s sweet story about growing up, letting go, and allowing prized possessions to take on new life...Children and their favorite possessions are hard to part, and for good reasons! This heartfelt story is for every collection; readers will relate to the theme of growing up but not away.
—School Library Journal

Candlewick, 9781536209662, 32pp.

Publication Date: August 11, 2020

About the Author

Sue-Ellen Pashley is an author of adult fiction, as well as a social worker. No Ordinary Jacket is her picture book debut. She lives in Queensland, Australia, with her husband, three children, and a menagerie of animals.

Thea Baker has illustrated numerous books for children. Originally from Somerset in the U.K., she now lives with her husband in a small town just outside Melbourne, Australia.