The Hatmakers

Norton. Feb. 2021. 368p. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781324016038.
Gr 3-6–A challenging but innocent fantasy. Cordelia Hatmaker comes from a long line of magical Hatmakers, who create hats that encourage the wearer to adopt a specific mood or take a certain action. There are love hats, confidence hats, and more. When Cordelia’s father is lost at sea as he attempts to return with a vital ingredient for a hat for the king, and the other “makers” in town are burgled, Cordelia must save the kingdom. This whimsical story is full of fun nonsense, but the vocabulary is surprisingly complex. The simple mystery and uncomplicated emotional elements seem at odds with the length of the book. This novel would be ideal for younger elementary students who are reading at a high level. However, most students will grow out their desire for whimsy and innocence before they are ready for the complex vocabulary and length.
VERDICT An additional purchase.

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