Fox's New Coat by Jonathan Emmett and Penny Ives has that hard-to-define factor that will make it a stock item in every infant class's bookshelves. It is the story of an impulse buy - a long knitted coat that Fox thinks is just "made for me". In fact it is far too long, and as the tale unravels so does the coat. So enthusiastic is she that every time an animal tries to break the truth to her, she-second guesses them. "'Your coat, Fox, I think it might have been...' 'It might have been made for me! I know!'" A simple but ingenious tale that carries two- to six-year-olds with it as delighted co-conspirators.
Dinah Hall, THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Fox goes out shopping for a new coat. But on her way home, her new purchase slowly unravels leaving trailing threads on each page. This is an artful, witty story with just the right balance of surprise and reassuring repetition. Lovely illustrations by Penny Ives.
(Chosen as one of the "10 Best Books for Pre-Schoolers" and one of the Independent's "5O BEST" Children's Books)
Nicholas Tucker, THE INDEPENDENT
Brightly illustrated, this book pictures a dream-world where animals talk, dress in human clothes and remain perfectly friendly with each other. Such a vision of harmony between the various species is as old as stories about the Garden of Eden before the Fall, and is always particularly popular with small readers.
Nicholas Tucker, THE ROUGH GUIDE TO CHILDREN'S BOOKS (0-5)
If ever a book deserved the word 'charming', it is 'Fox's New Coat' by Jonathan Emmett.
Ms Fox's new rainbow coat - and the story - gently unravel, accompanied by delicately detailed and funny illustrations from Penny Ives, which fit the mood exactly ... Not only charming, it is a down-right nice book for a bedtime story.
Caroline Franklin, NEWBURY WEEKLY NEWS
This is a really delightful story ... Penny Ives' illustrations are very sweet and all the animals are rather endearing. This is a nice gentle story which will be enjoyed by young children.
Miranda Warren, AMAZON.CO.UK
This humorous tale about the importance of friendship is ideal for children aged between three and six.
Jill Worth, HOME & FAMILY MAGAZINE