Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won
Elephant wakes up very grumpy until he finds a present waiting for him on the doorstep and it has one amazing hat inside. He puts it on and heads off to show Zebra, but Zebra is grumpy too, so Elephant gives Zebra one of his hats. Soon they have helped Turtle and Owl be less grumpy too by sharing hats with them as well. They came to Lion who was feeling sad and giving him a hat didn’t help because he was worried that Giraffe was feeling sick. So they all came up with a great plan to help Giraffe feel better. I bet you can guess that it involves…hats!
Won has created an entirely jolly book that shows just how small things can change a person’s mood or emotions. The book is very simply written and repeats nicely as each animal is introduced. This makes it a great pick for toddlers who will enjoy the repetition as well as the different animals in the book. It is also a nice book to talk with the smallest children about feeling grumpy and also how important sharing things can be.
Won’s art focuses on the animals themselves with only touches of backgrounds or even ground around and underneath them. The colors pop when the hats enter the pages, bright and vibrantly different, they are all a hoot.
Cheery and friendly, this book is a happy look at changing emotions and sharing good fortune. Appropriate for ages 2-4.
Reviewed from library copy.