Hat on, Hat Off

illus. by Renné Benoit. 24p. Pajama. Jul. 2016. Tr $13.95. ISBN 9781927485347.
Toddler-PreS—A true-to-life tale of the struggles of getting a toddler ready to leave the house, this story stars a jovial tot who dons numerous hats and takes them off as he readies himself to go play. His pigtailed older sister attempts to help him put his coat, hat, and shoes on, but wait, he has to go to the bathroom, and the hat must come off. Once his sister dresses him again, "Where is bunny?" The current hat must come off as they search for the bunny. Finally dressed and in his stroller, he ends up wearing the same hat he started with, only to take it off as soon as he gets outside. Heras and Benoit tell a story that every parent will relate to, using toddler-friendly language and soft watercolor illustrations. The patterns of each hat are subtly woven into the narrative as a backdrop to many of the pages that contain text.
VERDICT Recounting the delights and trials of toddlerhood, this charming offering makes for a fun read-aloud to share one-on-one or with a small group.

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