The Jacket

The Jacket

Book - 2014
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The Jacket is a book that needs to be a book. It's a book that pays tribute, in word and form, to all that a book is and can be. Once upon a time there was a girl who had a dog named Egg Cream. This girl loved her dog, but she also loved her special book. And Book loved her. But how about Book and Egg Cream? Could they coexist as the girl's two favorite things in the whole wide world?

After getting an MA in early childhood education from NYU, Kirsten Hall taught both preschool and elementary school for several years while writing learn-to-read books for Scholastic and engaging in the book world in many other ways. Today, Kirsten is the sole proprietor of Catbird Productions, a book packager and boutique literary agency. The Jacket is her debut picture book.

Before Dasha Tolstikova became an illustrator, she was a photographer, a reporter, a newswire translator, a sales clerk, a cargo van driver, a film producer, and a decorative painter--not necessarily in that order. She is a graduate of the SVA MFA illustration program. In addition to The Jacket , she is currently working on her autobiographical graphic novel with Groundwood Books. The Jacket is her debut into the world of picture books.

Publisher: New York :, Enchanted Lion Books,, ©2014.
ISBN: 9781592701681
Branch Call Number: Z HAL
Characteristics: 42 unnumbered pages : colour illustrations.
Additional Contributors: Tolstikova, Dasha - Illustrator


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Dec 30, 2015

Love this book, so clever and helps kids understand about books and dreaming.

BklynKalliopiM Jul 17, 2015

I love the design of this picture book. The title and author/illustrator are missing from the cover of the book as well as the spine, continuing the notion that the book you are holding is in fact a character in the story fully brought to life. Perfect for young book lovers, and children who love crafts can even create their own book jacket with instructions at the end of the story.

Feb 10, 2015

Book is a plain book with no jacket. He longs to be picked to be read by a child. That day finally comes and the child loves Book. But the child also loves her dog. Book is jealous of the time the girl plays with the dog. One day, the dog splashes mud all over Book. The girl decides to cover the mud stains by making her own jacket for Book.

The illustrations are a mix of paint, pencil and what looks like crayons. They are often scribbles giving them a childlike and unfinished look which at times makes it difficult to tell what you are looking at.

I loved the beginning of the story. Book had a great and fun attitude. But the jealousy about the dog intruded on the positive feelings and felt out of place. I would have enjoyed the story more if the dog was a friend and Book an enjoyable playmate who did fun and silly things. The last two pages gives instructions on how to make your own book jacket.

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