Author(s): Julie Hunt; Ron Brooks (Illustrator)
A bold and original picture book that will lift you off your feet and whirl you away
The Coat stands in a paddock at the end of a row of strawberries. It is buttoned up tight and stuffed full of straw and it is angry. "What a waste of me!" it yells. Then along comes a man. "I could do with a coat like that," the man says. Together, swooping and swinging, they travel to the Cafe Delitzia, where the man finds he has magical talents courtesy of the coat, and together they give the performance of a lifetime.
CBCA Shortlist 2013
Winner of Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Picture Book of the Year 2013. Shortlisted for West Australian Young Reader's Book Awards: Younger Readers' Award 2012.
"This vigorous yet dreamlike Australian picture-book collaboration between Julie Hunt and illustrator Ron Brooks suggests the beauty, and urgency, of pursuing a vigorous and zestful life." Wall Street Journal"
Julie Hunt is the author of the Little Else books and Precious Little (with Sue Moss, illustrated by Gaye Chapman). Ron Brooks has won many awards, including the CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award three times. Two of his early books, The Bunyip of Berkeley's Creek and John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat (written by Jenny Wagner), are widely recognised as introducing Australian picture books onto the world scene. Two of his more recent titles are Old Pig and Fox (written by Margaret Wild).