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.
In Whose Hat Is That?, a mysterious hat is sent on a merry adventure when a playful gust of wind sends it flying onto the head of one animal after another. And while each time the hat-wearing animal is pleased about the way it looks, the hat doesn’t seem to fit quite like it ought to… that is, until it finds its way back to its rightful owner.
A flyaway hat is the plot device that drives the tale of The Queen’s Hat — the stunning debut picture book by author-illustrator Steve Antony. Of course, when the hat in question belongs to none other than the Queen of England, what could have just been a simple chase-and-grab scenario quickly escalates into a royal spectacle that takes readers on a delightful romp through the city of London.
While children may own dozens of pieces of clothing which they can mix and match around with such that each item gets worn at most twice a week, unless their parents are unusually indulgent, most own an average of just two to three pairs of shoes that suffice to take them through all their traipsing and adventuring for the entire year — it’s no wonder that some kids are emotionally attached to their faithful sole companions!
Consequently, getting a new pair of shoes is cause for excitement since it usually means that the child has outgrown his or her old (and well-worn) ones.
If you found something valuable and/or cool that someone left behind but which you have no way of returning to the owner, would you keep it (after all, finders keepers) or would you leave it where you found it, in case the owner comes looking for it — even if someone else may come along and take it away?
There’s something irresistible to kids (err, and some grown-ups) about jumping into rain puddles in waterproof rainboots, isn’t there? Thus, The Girl Who Loved Wellies is a great, lighthearted read that will appeal to most children.
As the title suggests, Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? tells the story of a duck who can’t find his beloved new blue socks and goes around asking his friends if they have seen them.
Created by the same author/illustrator pair behind Tweak Tweak, this book features the same muted colours and distinctive style of illustrations as the former, but is targeted at a younger audience and features less text and a simpler storyline.
The little girl in this book knows what she wants and likes — almost everything in red — and why — because everything works better in red, or so she believes: e.g. “my red pajamas keep the monsters away when I’m sleeping” or “red paint puts singing in my head”.
Pajama Time! is a fun book about animals wearing pajamas of all sorts to bed, written almost with an in-built beat that you can’t help but bop along to as you chant/sing the words. “Pajammy to the left, pajammy to the right! Jamma jamma jamma jamma PJ!”