Synopses & Reviews
A spare, imaginative picture book that makes a perfect gift. A boy and his mom happen upon a lone hat in the middle of the park. Its bright red, and fits Henry just right. Turns out, Hat has a ton of important uses! It shields the sun. It doubles as a sled or a boat. It even fights crocodiles in Africa. . . . But what about Hats owner? Maybe he or she needs Hat even more than Henry does. Henrys imagination may have run away from him, but in the end, his heart knows the right thing to do. An arty picture book about a boy and his imagination, Hat inspires readers to revel in the power of creativity.
"Walking with his mother in the park, young Henry finds a wide-brimmed red hat on a bench and immediately wants to take ownership. After all, Hat (as Henry thinks of it) isn't just good for warding off the sun and rain: it could be turned into a sailing ship, save his life when facing a crocodile or make him a star of stage. Hoppe's (Metal Man) inked cartoons, punctuated by rose, teal and green spot colors, give Henry's Walter Mittyesque musings an indomitable, ebullient innocence reminiscent of kids' books from the early 1960s. Seeing the discovery of Hat as a teachable moment about ownership and empathy, Mom reminds Henry that the hat's owner might need it, and Henry's fanciful visions are traced in reverse an explorer in a croc's belly, a lifeguard with a serious sunburn. But kids may find the wrapup something of a letdown. Henry leaves Hat where he found it, and readers may well contend, rightfully, that none of the people Mom cites are around to claim Hat, and that Hat looks rather lonely left all by itself. Ages 3 6." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A boy and his mom happen upon a lone hat in the middle of the park. It's bright red, and fits just right. Turns out, Hat has a ton of important uses It shields the sun. It doubles as a sled or a boat -- it even fights crocodiles in Africa...
But what about Hat's owner? Maybe he or she needs Hat even more than Henry does.
A sparse, artistic picture book about a boy and his imagination, and his choice to do the right thing.
A spare, imaginative debut picture book about a boy and his imagination, "Hat" is sure to inspire readers to revel in the power of creativity. Full color.
About the Author
PAUL HOPPE is an award-winning illustrator and typographer whose work regularly appears in the New York Times and the New Yorker. He has worked on several animated series for German television and has published two graphic novels in Germany. He has illustrated picture book texts, but Hat is his first one as both author and illustrator. Born in Poland and raised in Germany, he now lives in Brooklyn, New York.