Hats Off to Mr. Pockles!

Hats Off to Mr. Pockles! illus. by David Litchfield. 40p. Random/Schwartz & Wade. Jan. 2019. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780399558153.
PreS-Gr 2—Mr. Pockles is a lonely dog with a wonderful hat for every occasion and not a friend to share them with. Leaving his Hat House one day, he witnesses the destruction of a beautiful hat and he alone can rectify the problem. Through his fabulous collection, Mr. Pockles connects with his neighbor and learns that by sharing his hobby he can make friends. This story about friendship and self-expression falls short of captivating due to its awkward sentences and jumpy storytelling; this however, does not diminish the beautifully enthralling illustrations. With big bold images that dominate the pages, the story can be navigated and enjoyed primarily through digital pictures. While the images and subject matter target beginning readers, the word choice and sentence structure require greater comprehension.
VERDICT Purchase this attractive work where anthropomorphic animal tales are enjoyed.

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