The Pocket Chaotic


    Daniel Gray-Barnett


Tuesday March 30th, 11am

Streamed live on both Kirklees Libraries YouTube channel , Twitter and Facebook page

Draw along with the award-winning illustrator of the heart-warming picture book, The Pocket Chaotic. Daniel will be reading The Pocket Chaotic, then showing us how to draw a kangaroo before doing a fantastic creative craft activity with us all. We’ll making a pocket and drawing all sorts of things to put in it. Remember to have your pens, paper and scissors ready!

If you’ve got an idea for an item you’d like Daniel to draw to put in the pocket, message us during the show or email us in advance at


Pocket Chaotic book cover

A young kangaroo called Alexander lives in his mum, Nancy’s pocket. Alexander loves his mum, but there’s one thing she does that really drives him nuts. She is always putting stuff in her pocket. Alexander tries to keep things neat, but the more he tidies, the more stuff she shoves in there. When he complains, his sister calls him a baby – it’s time to leave the pouch anyway. But Alexander loves it in there – it’s warm and cosy and smells of mum.


Daniel Gray-Barnett is an award-winning Australian illustrator who trained, in a previous life, as a medical scientist. He is the author of Grandma Z (Scribble) and the illustrator of The Pocket Chaotic (Cicada, 2020) Dr Boogaloo, The Girl Who Lost Her Laughter (PRH) and Poems Aloud (written by Joseph Coelho, Quarto Kids, 2020).



Photo of Daniel Gray-Barnett

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