The Pochetto Coat
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Cover illustration and those on these pages from Football Crazy by Colin McNaughton, Piccolo £1.25 0 330 26747 7 (published April 1982). Also available in hardback from Heinemann, 434 94991 4, £4.95. We are grateful to Piccolo for their help in reproducing this illustration in full colour.
Patrick, the latest in a long line of Pochettos, tells stories to Sam (Samantha) who wants to be a clown. His stories are of past owners of the Pochetto coat with its mass of pockets, and in between the tellings another story of the present-day circus unfolds almost imperceptibly. Varied in pace and mood, good for readings aloud.