The Magical, Mystical, Marvelous Coat, by Catherine Ann Cullen, illustrated by David Christiana, Little, Brown Publishing, 2001.
What a magical, mystical, marvelous story!
The coat, of course, is beautiful, but the buttons of the coat are truly special, as is the child wearing the coat.
I liked the rhyming scheme of this book. It was surprising sophisticated for a picture book as it didn't contain rhyming couplets that were complete on every two-page spread. This book read more like a poem than a story in rhyme (and, yes, there is a difference).
The illustrations were nothing short of magical, mystical and marvelous.