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Brimsby's Hats

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by Andrew Prahin
     
 

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A lonely hat maker uses quirky creativity to make friends in this delightful picture book that will charm readers young and old.

Brimsby is a happy hat maker—until his best friend goes off to find adventure at sea. Now Brimsby is a lonely hat maker, unsure of what to do. But since making hats is what he does best, perhaps his talents can help him find some

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Overview

A lonely hat maker uses quirky creativity to make friends in this delightful picture book that will charm readers young and old.

Brimsby is a happy hat maker—until his best friend goes off to find adventure at sea. Now Brimsby is a lonely hat maker, unsure of what to do. But since making hats is what he does best, perhaps his talents can help him find some friends…

Filled with whimsy and wonder, Brimsby’s Hats is a celebration of creativity and friendship.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/25/2013
Bereft when his best friend takes off for a new life as a sea captain, Brimsby—a small, fuzzy, button-nosed creature who makes hats—seeks new companions. One winter afternoon he finds some birds working feverishly, “shoveling the snow out of their nests and keeping the cold wind from blowing out their fires.” Brimsby realizes that his hats might serve as shelters for them, and his thoughtfulness earns him a treeful of new friends: “They talked about hats. They talked about snow shovels. They talked about whether lemon cookies taste better than worms.” Newcomer Prahin’s exceptionally polished digital spreads look like stills from an animated feature. Muted, offbeat shades of gray-blue, mauve, and lime echo Brimsby’s quirky personality. There’s no dialogue—Prahin narrates the whole story comfortingly in the third person, softening Brimsby’s feelings of loss—and much of the humor appears in the stylish spreads. In one, a bison tries on a comically small hat; in another, Brimsby and his friend fantasize in pictorial dialogue balloons about fighting a pirate octopus. A promising first outing for Prahin. Ages 4–8. Agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management. (Jan.)
Starred Review Booklist
* "This quiet charmer of a picture book is an inspiration for creativity, problem solving, and making friends."
BCCB
"Handling the loss of a friend who moves away is a common theme in picture books, but this is a fresh and offbeat version that helpfully highlights kindness and proactive problem-solving."
Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
For many years, Brimsby the hatmaker enjoys cozy teatime chats with his best chum. Then, one day his companion decides to follow his dream of becoming a sea captain. Brimsby sends his friend off to sea with the parting gift of a nautical hat emblazoned with a teapot emblem. But now, as the seasons pass, Brismby becomes lonelier and lonelier. Finally, he finds a way to make new friends of a flock of birds by offering them a dazzling array of hats which they can fashion into their own snug, comfy homes. Friends old and new, near and far, can now visit one another for tea and company. Prahin's style of illustration has the computer-generated look of stills from an animated film, and the somber, acidic hues of the palette work against establishing the desired feeling of warmth and comfort. However, his sunset skies over new-fallen snow are achingly lovely, and the book as a whole offers a moving tribute to the possibility of finding creative ways to achieve and sustain friendship across differences and distances. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-11-13
Brimsby, a hat maker, dearly misses his badger friend, who sailed away to become a sea captain. Brimsby (a proper name for a hatter!) could be any number of animals, really, with his black stubby nose, nubby ears, pea-soup–colored body and bowler hat. A bear? A mole? Inset scenes, arresting compositional choices and conversation bubbles direct eyes across pages of computer-generated artwork. While flat, these illustrations carry powerful poignancy. The badger relays his seafaring dreams to Brimsby as ships, pirates, telescopes and dragons hover over their heads, encapsulated in a row of neat ovals. Twelve small, sequential studies reveal Brimsby's mounting loneliness with painful clarity. He sits at his work table, by the window, sewing different hats on different days in different seasons, in boxy isolation--a lonely portrait that changes little, repeating again and again across a double-page spread. Readers may sniffle before turning the page to find him trudging across a sweeping snowscape, waist-high in a drift. He meets some cold birds shoveling snow out of their nests and thinks of the perfect solution: hat bird houses! Brimsby's industry and empathy find him a flock of thankful friends. Sophisticated storytelling, both through words and images, beautifully describes the significance of friendship and what it feels like to miss, keep, love and make a friend. (Picture book. 2-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442481473
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
12/31/2013
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
483,862
Product dimensions:
11.20(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
AD680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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