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Children's LiteratureBack in history we go to discover the distinctive hats worn by the famous. In jolly rhymes we learn about Francisco de Goya's hat with candles, Igor Stravinsky's beret, Lincoln's stovepipe, Nat Love's cowboy hat, and many more, each on a double page with the repeated title question. At the end, many other possible hats are mentioned, with the conclusion that "A single hat squashed flat...or tall.. is better than no hat at all!" The verse is all light-hearted, while added biographical facts are detailed on the end-papers. Acrylic paints create comic caricatures of these celebrities, surrounding them with assortments of small creatures and objects that add to the fun. Stravinsky is serenaded by a quintet of musical mice wearing little green berets. Whitman's associates are animals wearing daisy hats; Goya's cat and bird wear hats with lighted candles just like his. Backgrounds vary from bucolic landscapes to studio interiors, none of which detract from the impact of the main characters. 2004, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz