From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2–Spinelli provides some great entertainment in this rhyming story that showcases the famous headgear of individuals such as Igor Stravinsky, Carmen Miranda, Abraham Lincoln, Nat Love, and Johnny Appleseed. For example, "Francisco de Goya had a hat,/a hat with candles on the brim–/a clever hat that suited him–/that made a chandelier of light/for painting far into the night." From its opening lines ("Do YOU have a hat?/Something fuzzy, warm, and red,/to keep the snowflakes off your head?") to its closing ones naming different toppers ("A magic hat? A cap? A crown?/A country hat? A hat for town?"), children will be enchanted and engaged. They will certainly join in on the title refrain on each page. Valério's illustrations are done in acrylics primarily with bright shades of orange, blue, green, and red. His stylized figures are humorous, with exaggerated facial features. The endpapers offer brief tidbits about the people who are represented here. Overall, this original and amusing book is a great marriage of text and artwork. It will make a terrific storytime addition, either by itself or combined with other clothing-related selections such as Jonathan London's Froggy Gets Dressed
(Viking, 1992) or Joan Nodset's classic Who Took the Farmer's Hat?
(HarperCollins, 1963).–Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA
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K-Gr. 3. What initially appears to be a charming, if unexceptional, picture book about hats turns out to be a fun introduction to historical figures. The opening pages show children in seasonally appropriate headgear playing in snow and on a beach. Then a conversational text introduces a variety of well-known hat wearers, including Abraham Lincoln, who wore a stovepipe hat; Carmen Miranda, who wore a topper of fruit; and John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed), who was said to wear a cooking pot. More obscure people are also included--among them, magician Louis Comte, out of whose hat a rabbit appears. Whimsical caricatures in bright colors, with hats prominently featured, energize the litany of characters, and the endpapers provide brief details on the individuals mentioned and put them into context. A book that will encourage kids to think about hats' various uses and spark interest in researching those who wore them. Diane FooteCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved