Tsz, tsz, tsz, I’m probably a little tardy to the Caps for Sale party, but hey, it’s never too late to get into a good book, right?
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.
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?
The bear in Old Hat New Hat is attracted by the new hats in a shop window, but when he enters the shop and is shown numerous hats by the hapless store owner, he rejects them for various reasons, and eventually realises that he still likes his old hat after all. The pictures are big and colourful and the numerous adjectives used to describe the hats are great for vocabulary building. My daughter loved this book — it probably helps that she loves wearing her floppy hat too!