From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1-Mary the cow's favorite hat is missing, so she sets out to find it. On her search, she asks a stork in an orange hat, a beaver in a hot-air balloon, a chicken in a cook's hat, a pig balancing precariously on the edge of a diving board, a baseball-playing kangaroo, and several other animals if they have seen it, and each creature refers her to someone else. Finally, she asks a bear, who says he hasn't seen the hat, "-but what do you think of my new kite?" Of course, he's flying a pink flowered hat. The brightly colored acrylic artwork complements this delightfully understated story to a tee. Many of the stylized illustrations have clever details and are quite humorous. Readers will cheer Mary on as she tracks down her chapeau. A perfect fit for storytimes.Kristin de Lacoste, South Regional Public Library, Pembroke Pines, FL
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PreS-Gr. 3. Fans of "The Little Red Hen" and similarly structured stories will love this hilarious quest book. Mary, an ungainly cow whose body resembles a Gateway computer box, has lost a favorite hat. During her search, she ambles up to a variety of animals, each one depicted in pleasantly rounded, thickly outlined geometric shapes and wearing a different kind of hat. Each animal refers the hatless cow to someone else for information. Children will see a goldfish wearing a homburg as it travels between bowls; a rope-skipping elephant in a beanie; and a hare in a racing helmet, lounging next to his race car. They will also recognize a baseball cap, an aviator hat with goggles, a chef's hat, a top hat, and a beret. Barroux's use of overlapping colors adds a feeling of movement that increases the momentum of the action, and the absurd ending is a fitting surprise. Connie FletcherCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved