Hat Tricks

Peachtree/Freestone. Mar. 2020. 32p. pap. $16.99. ISBN 9781682631508.
PreS-Gr 1–Hattie is a bunny who loves performing magic. Usually, it’s the rabbit that is in the hat, but Hattie is not your typical magician. Assuming the stance, Hattie says the magic words—“Abracadabra, katakurico”—and asks, “What’s in the hat?” Readers who notice that there are two little ears peeking out will no doubt sing out, “Rabbit.” Wrong! It’s a cat! Sure enough, a slightly befuddled cat pops out. Hattie continues with one surprise after another, making kids interact with the text. The animals become unpredictable (one is an octopus!), which will delight children. Hattie is a wonderful magician who ties all these crazy animals together in a very satisfying ending.
VERDICT The interactivity of this book makes it a perfect read-aloud for young children. Its bright colors and the funny faces on the animals all work to make this a book that early childhood educators will want in their libraries.

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