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Hat Hardcover – March 31, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599902478
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599902470
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,569,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thrilled when he finds a big red hat on a park bench, Henry imagines all the ways he will use it. He starts off small: it can keep off rain and sun. Then he imagines using it to perform magic tricks on stage, as a boat sailing far away, and as a sled racing through the snow. Even more dramatic, the hat will save his life when he rams it into a crocodile’s jaws. But his mother asks him, “What if someone else needs that hat?” Henry goes back and revisits the scenarios: a sad magician is on stage without props; an island castaway burns in the sun; and in a hilarious double-page climactic spread, an explorer’s head pushes out from the belly of a crocodile. In his first book as both author and illustrator, New Yorker cartoonist Hoppe stays true to the child’s viewpoint, from the everyday details to the wild imaginative play, and his ink-and-brush illustrations, in elemental shades, add to the fun. Preschool-Grade 1. --Hazel Rochman

About the Author

PAUL HOPPE is an award-winning illustrator and typographer whose work regularly appears in the New York Times and the New Yorker. He has worked on several animated series for German television and has published two graphic novels in Germany. He has illustrated picture book texts, but Hat is his first one as both author and illustrator. Born in Poland and raised in Germany, he now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Paul Hoppe is a writer and illustrator of children's books and graphic novels, as well as a freelance illustrator for publications and advertising agencies. He also teaches occasionally at the School of VISUAL ARTS. Born in Poland and raised in Germany, he now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Fore more information, please visit www.paulhoppe.com

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Format: Hardcover
Henry and his mother were passing by a park bench when he spotted a large, red, wide brimmed hat that someone left behind. His eyes lit up as he reached for it. His mother looked a tad concerned, but not because he was going to pick it up, but because she was probably sorry that someone lost it. He threw the hat on top of his head and a toothy grin lit up his face as he asked, "Can I keep it? Hat would be so cool!' His imagination began to go wild just thinking of all the interesting things he could do with a big, red, wide brimmed hat.

He could use it to keep off the sun and rain. Naturally hats are great mouse catchers. If he was a magician and had a hat like that it would be quite something for show and tell! It could be made into a sailboat or a sled (whoosh down the hill!). He could even shove it into a crocodile's mouth before he got eaten up. He could be a . . . "But, Henry, what if someone else needs this hat?" He let the hat flop to the ground while he soberly looked at his mother. He began to think of all the things that would happen if he didn't have that hat. Why, he would be nothing but a lump inside that crocodile. Was he going to leave the hat behind on the bench?

Everyone knows that the imaginations of little ones can sometimes go wild, even over finding something inconsequential like a hat. This book was really adorable and quite amusing, especially when Henry wasn't there to catch on the mice with the big red hat and the racing mice terrified grandma. The colors in the artwork are not boldly colored, but the drawings of Henry and his imaginary scenarios are very appealing. I enjoyed this little story and I think you'll enjoy it as well, especially if you have an imaginative preschooler like Henry!
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Format: Hardcover
This book works well in story time: a simple circular plot, large, colorful illustrations with a kooky inventiveness that kids love. And the moral of the story is… the little boy can draw his own conclusion of what’s right or wrong.
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By BS on November 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
So wonderfully illustrated and full of fantasy. A dreamland for childs and adults. Worth every cent so get it while its still available. Very recommended!
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