Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won

Compared to the practical nature of clothes and shoes, hats are not widely worn for their utility. OK, some do serve a purpose, like hard hats, sun hats and beanies, but, by and large, it seems like there’s just something irrepressibly fun and attractive about hats that party suppliers have long ago cottoned-on to when they created novelty hats to help get people in a celebratory mood — or at least look the part.

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In Hooray for Hat!, an extra-special hat makes a timely surprise appearance on the doorstep of Elephant, who seems to have woken up on the wrong side of the bed. Upon wearing the zany-looking hat, however, he cheers up considerably and heads over to show it to a friend.

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As it turns out, however, Elephant isn’t the only one who is having a bad day — although, it seems like there’s nothing that a hat and some good friends can’t solve.

Even though it opens with the grumpiest (albeit still adorable) elephant you’ll ever see, everything about this book — the unique style of illustration, the characters’ fabulous range of expressions, the delightful and cleverly designed hat(s), the strategic use of colours in the text, the deceptively simple but uplifting story, and the infectious positive camaraderie throughout the book — is designed to make you smile.

To avoid spoiling the story, it suffices to say that this is a brilliant book that not only demonstrates that even the worst moods will pass (of course, it also helps that the grumpy animals are all so adorable that it makes the act of being grumpy seem almost silly), but also, more importantly, highlights the power of friendship and small acts of kindness.

Like Mark Twain wisely said, “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”

Check out the book trailer here:

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