Very Good Hats

Penguin/Rocky Pond. Jan. 2023. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593529430.
PreS-Gr 3–Whimsy and imagination fill the pages of this colorful title dedicated to covering not just your head. “Acorns makes snug hats for your fingers.” “Bubbles make very fine hats, if temporary.” Going from concrete to very imaginative, the text and illustrations encourage creative thinking and ask readers to extend the notion of a hat. “Anything can be a hat if you believe it is.” Extension activities practically leap off the page, engaging children in viewing the world around them with a creative lens. Illustrations of a diverse cast of round-faced adults and young people are reminiscent of the style of Christian Robinson and are wonderful for the intended audience. Children will love the bubble-covered bottom of a character taking a shower on the spread celebrating pajama pant hats and twirly towel hats.
VERDICT Fun for sharing at story time or a class that will end with children creating all sorts of inventive hats or other clothing items for themselves or the world around them. Delightful.

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