Saturday, September 30, 2017

You Must Bring A Hat

You Must Bring A Hat. Simon Philip. Illustrated by Kate Hindley. 2017. 40 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: I received an invitation to a party.

Premise/plot: A young boy is invited to a friend's party, but, the invitation is emphatic: anyone attending the party MUST bring a hat. The young boy is eager to go, but doesn't own a hat already. He can't quite track down a hat, but he does manage to find a hat-wearing monkey that is willing to attend the party with him. But will that be good enough?

My thoughts: You Must Bring a Hat is a silly book without a doubt. With each turn of the page, the situation just becomes more and more ridiculous or outlandish. The illustrations complement the text quite well. The bunnies minus their tutus may just be my favorite. It is on the wordy side. I'm not one, however, to think picture books are only for the 3 to 4 year old crowd. For the right set of readers, this one could prove quite delightful. (It was originally published in the UK, by the way).

Text: 3 out of 5
Illustrations: 3 out of 5
Total: 6 out of 10

© 2017 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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