The Queen's Hat

illus. by Steve Antony. 32p. Scholastic. Sept. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780545835565.
PreS-Gr 1—A frantic frolic through London in an attempt to recover the queen's blue-and-red hat introduces readers to some of the famous sights in the English capital. When a gust of wind blows the hat off her head, the queen, her corgi, and her uniformed Buckingham Palace guards take off in hot pursuit. They climb over one of the lions at Trafalgar Square, run through the London Zoo, travel by Underground (while the queen drives) and scale the London Eye, Tower Bridge, and Big Ben, but to no avail. The wind is relentless and keeps the hat just out of reach until it finally comes to rest on the head of the youngest heir to the throne. The queen places it back on her head and calmly walks away with the baby in a perambulator. The blue, red, and black cartoon illustrations on white pages are the highlight here, with humorous details aplenty.
VERDICT A slight story, stylish art, and a page of brief facts about the city create a breezy but ephemeral offering that might not warrant repeated readings.

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