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Hooray for Hat! Hardcover – June 3, 2014

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PreS-K—Everyone wakes up in a bad mood now and again, and Elephant is no exception. When the doorbell rings, he stomps down the stairs shouting, "GO AWAY! I'M GRUMPY"—the first of two refrains in the book, this one printed in large black caps. Elephant finds a surprise present: a box of whimsical hats! Putting the whole stack on his head, the now happy pachyderm shouts, "HOORAY FOR HAT!" with the second refrain in extra large multicolored caps. He goes to visit his friend Zebra, who is also grumpy. Elephant gives Zebra one of the hats, which instantly lifts her spirits. They drop in on their grouchy friends Turtle, Owl, Lion, and Giraffe, giving out hats and cheer, and becoming a veritable parade as each animal joins in on the fun. Though created digitally, Won's bold minimalist illustrations truly look like saturated watercolors, wonderfully offset by the expansive white background. The accompanying text matches the illustrations in its simplicity and formulaic repetition, making this tale a good choice for both beginning readers and for storytimes, especially if accompanied by a silly hat craft. A lighthearted celebration of friendship and sharing that does not hit the readers over the head with its moral.—Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY

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As everyone well knows, there’s nothing so cheering as a good fashion accessory. Here Won takes the idea a step further: Elephant wakes up grumpy, but the mood doesn’t survive the discovery of a gift box on the porch with a fabulous multilayered hat inside. Off Elephant rushes to show—and cleverly share with—grouchy Zebra. Soon there’s an entire parade of formerly grumpy friends marching along beneath new hats and chanting the titular exclamation. Ultimately the original headpiece is reassembled as a gift for Giraffe, who isn’t feeling well, and all gather for a final shout: HOORAY FOR FRIENDS! Won’s expressively posed animal figures and the spare narrative are placed on white backgrounds that both brighten the colors and give each scene a clean, spacious look. Moreover, the repeated chorus endows the episode with storytime-friendly rhythm and predictability. A tip of the hat to this buoyant debut. Preschool-Grade 2. --John Peters
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (June 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0544159039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0544159037
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Won wore many hats as a busboy, shoe salesman, art store cashier, vending machine re-stocker, art director, and designer before he turned his talents to illustrating children's books. He lives in Southern California, where he and his family never miss an opportunity to have a HOORAY! parade around the house.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matthew C. Winner on August 2, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Brian Won's debut picture book celebrates the power of small acts of kindness, when received or given out, to transform your mood and perspective on situations.

What starts out as a grumpy day for elephant quickly becomes reason to celebrate when an unexpected package is delivered to his front doorstep. Inside is the box is an assortment of colorful hats, all of which Elephant dons at once, one on top of the other. As Elephant cheers, "HOORAY FOR HAT!", the thought comes to mind that he should visit his friend, Zebra.

The story progresses as such, as the growing band of animals visits grumpy friends and changes each new friend's mood with the gift of a hat and the infectiousness of good company. All throughout, Won's illustrations place the characters at central focus with little to no background illustration apart from what is needed for context (a handrail here, a stump there). One detail that especially caught my eye was the look of anticipation on the faces of each of the hat-wearing friends as they approach the next grumpy friend. The expression is always one of concern and contemplation, leaving space for the reader to offer up how the animals can cure their friend's grumpiness. With a hat, of course!

The text art in each exclamation of "Hooray for hat!" is colorful, offsetting the otherwise black inked type, and appears larger and larger with each new friend encounter. Readers will pick up on this detail for sure, raising their voices louder and louder as they cheer, "HOORAY FOR HAT!".

Brian Won has created a memorable picture book that not only celebrates the importance of contagious happiness, but also reminds us to pay forward those random acts of kindness.

(Full review posted at http://www.busylibrarian.com/2014/08/hooray-for-hat-by-brian-won-houghton.html)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthony J. Park on June 4, 2014
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Beautifully illustrated with a timeless message! This book is a valuable story about friendship that can be instilled in children from an early age as they develop their reading skills and are entertained by the vibrantly colored characters. Do your family a favor and pick this one up right away! (PS if I had Disney money, I would option this to develop into feature length animated movie!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Park on June 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover
My 3 year-old son's reading time was filled with silly frowns and giddy giggles while my 1 year-old loved watching his big brother raise his hands, cheering, "Hooray for Hat!" with all the beautifully illustrated animals. Sweet, simple joy for our children. We love this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By eddieandjanet on June 27, 2014
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I had started to see people instagramming and facebooking about this book, so I wanted to see why it was receiving so much buzz.... lucky for us, a sweet friend bought this book for us as a gift for my 2 1/2 year old son.

As soon as we read it to my son, I could totally see why kids (and parents!) love it. The story is short and sweet with an amazing and heartfelt message about sharing and spreading happiness to others. The illustrations and animals are beautifully captivating... enough so for my son to sit and read the whole book with me!

My son usually has a hard time sitting through one book and gets easily distracted, which has been a struggle for me because I want him to read more books. So the fact that he sat there, wanted me to read it (I read it seven times within a span of five minutes!!!) and turn the pages himself was a huge pro for me!!!

First thing my son did after his nap was bring this book to me to read. Lol! He especially loves the owl saying "Hoo Hoo Hooray for hat!" part! He can't get enough.

Another great thing about this book is that you can do a lot of activities using themes from the book (my friend made hats!) and there is a free activity kit that goes along with it: [...]... all perfect for a SAHM like me!

Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BC Mom on June 3, 2014
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What a fun book! Love the repetition for young kids and love how it teaches that happiness can be shared with others. Great for my boys!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janet Kang on July 2, 2014
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I received this book as a gift. LOVE the storyline and illustrations!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karona Drummond on June 18, 2014
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Hooray for Hat! is a picture book that I am eager to share with my preschool class this summer. Elephant is grumpy. Then he receives a fancy hat made up of several hats.He goes to show his friend, Zebra, who is also grumpy. Elephant gives Zebra one of his hats. That makes Zebra happy. As they go on and find other grumpy animals, elephant gives more hats away and keeps spreading the cheer.The message is fun but not preachy. The illustrations are colorful and not too busy.You could extend this book with some creative hat making and giving of your own. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By edward Choy on June 9, 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyed this soon to be classic! Even put a smile on this grumpy old guy! I can't wait to share this book with all those grumpy little kids out there!
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