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Halloween Hats Hardcover – September 1, 2002

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Children's Christmas Books
Visit the Children's Christmas Bookstore to find stories about Santa and his reindeer, cozy books to read by the fire, and sweet stories about family celebrations.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805063862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805063868
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,683,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

All sizes and shapes of hats--"Floppy hats and sloppy hats, / silly hats and frilly hats"--are put to good use on Halloween night. Elizabeth Winthrop's happy paean to hats begins as three children rummage through an attic to find the perfect costumes for trick-or-treating. Once on the streets, the three revelers see all sorts of getups, including "Hats for fancy race-car drivers, / hats with air for deep-sea divers." All the neighborhood kids, it seems, are headed for the same party, where they play a hat-switching game that results in some very silly costumes indeed. Sue Truesdell's lively illustrations, reminiscent of James Stevenson's work, steal the show as she depicts kids jumping in leaf piles, collecting candy, falling down, and living it up. The sweet, comical details from wide-eyed cats to a tiny Halloween paper ghost taped to a window are what makes this nonscary Halloween book a standout. (Ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson

From Publishers Weekly

Three grinning trick-or-treaters raid their attic for "floppy hats and sloppy hats/ silly hats and frilly hats," and emerge in improvised outfits. Outdoors, other children sport "Hats with flaps,/ hats with braids,/ hats for generals in parades." The free-for-all concludes with "a switching game": Everyone trades toques to "be someone new." Truesdell (How to Talk to Your Dog) sketches loose-limbed, leaping children in berets, crowns and turbans. Her breezy, clever drawings, reminiscent of Quentin Blake's, make hay with Winthrop's (Shoes) zippy couplets. Ages 3-7.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

ELIZABETH WINTHROP (, the author of over sixty works of fiction for all ages, was born in Washington, D.C. Her award-winning titles for children include The Castle in the Attic, Counting on Grace, The Red-Hot Rattoons and Dumpy La Rue. Her short story, The Golden Darters, was a selected by BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES by Robert Stone. Under the name Elizabeth Winthrop Alsop, she is the author of the memoir piece, Don't Knock Unless You're Bleeding; Growing Up in Cold War Washington. She is currently working on a personal history about her parents' love affair during World War II. The daughter of Stewart Alsop, the political journalist, she divides her time between New York City and the Berkshires.

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Format: Hardcover
"Halloween Hats" is a short yet fun read which follows a group of children as they get ready to go trick or treating, all decked out in their favorite costumes, and yes, hats! The illustrations are colorful and vivid, and complement the simple text. My kindergartener loved the last couple of pictures where the children are all involved in a game of grab someone else's hat which resulted in lots of giggles and squeals as we both enjoyed the illustrations. It's a simple yet fun Halloween read which makes for great reading aloud.
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By D. Watson on December 6, 2013
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Halloween Hats - hardcover book. Cute story. Gave a s a gift and hoped they enjoyed it. I read it and like it.
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