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1. HAT WEEK: Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won

Elephant’s day doesn’t get off to a good start. He wakes up GRUMPY.

When the doorbell rings, it only annoys him. When he thumps downstairs to see who it is, there is a mystery present waiting for him and this unexpected gift – a most spectacular hat – turns his day around and puts a great big smile on his face.

Keen to share his good fortune Elephant visits his friends. They too have woken up out of sorts but Elephant knows a great way to spread his happiness: by sharing his present and giving each friend a fabulous hat to wear.

hoorayHooray for Hat by Brian Won is a wonderfully up-beat and joyous ode to friendship, the good things that come from ‘paying it forward’ and teamwork. It perfectly captures the transformational magic of hats; a little bit of frivolity and exuberance bursting out of your head can indeed do wonders to how you feel!

From the deftly humorous grumpy facial expressions in a range of animals, to the appealing candy colour palette beautifully set off against stark white pages, Hooray for Hat‘s illustrations and design are a delight. The dapper carnival procession of animals are sure to make young readers giggle and banish any blues, helping us remember how little acts of kindness in life can make all the difference. A treat, pure and simple!

In response to Hooray for Hat we set up our own millinery studio, using old lampshades as bases for our hats (we were able to source lots of old lampshades from a local recycling centre).

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Lampshades, ribbon, paper, hot clue, sequins and a whole lot of imagination and craziness later we had our hats:

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As you can see, they made us feel very happy!

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Whilst making our hats we listened to:

  • I Wanna Hat with Cherries played by the Glenn Miller Orchestra
  • Top Hat Ramble by Big Country Bluegrass – great for dancing to, but the only free recording I can find on YouTube isn’t great quality.
  • The Tinfoil Hat made both girls giggle

  • Other activities which would go well alongside reading Hooray for Hat include:

  • Playing with the activity sheet Brian Won has created to go with his book. You can download it from here and it includes bunting, different paper hats to make and colouring in.
  • Checking out this Pinterest board with lots of hats kids can make themselves. I like the tissue paper hats and the peacock hat.
  • Choosing to make and deliver a surprise gift for someone, just because…
  • Are you a hat person? If so, I’d love to hear about your favourite hat!

    Disclosure: I was sent a free review copy of Hooray for Hat from the publisher.

    3 Comments on HAT WEEK: Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won, last added: 10/29/2014
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    2. Animal Andy by Kathy Sattem Rygg

    4 Stars Animal Andy Kathy Sattem Rygg 144 Pages    Ages: 8 to 12 .................... .................. Back Cover:  Ten-year-old Andy Ohman is spending his summer working at the Aksarben City Zoo where his dad is the curator. There are rumors the city might close the zoo due to budget cuts. An anonymous donor has given the [...]

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    3. Q&A with Andy from Animal Andy

    …………………… Today, Kid Lit Reviews would like to welcome Andy Ohman, from Animal Andy by Kathy Sattem Rygg.  Andy is the main character in this crazy zoological story about the Aksarben City Zoo. The Zoo is facing budget cuts and must quickly find a way to make up the difference. If they do not, the [...]

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    4. What happens to Zebras when it gets too Hot?


    That's what! And they dance a lot too!

    2 Comments on What happens to Zebras when it gets too Hot?, last added: 8/24/2009
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