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When is a hat not a hat? (And when are underpants not underpants?)

A serendipitous breeze starts off this playful journey which begs the seemingly simple question, "When is a hat, not a hat?" Along the way, Rabbit manages to learn a little bit about friendship, fashion, and the importance of believing in himself.

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When is a hat not a hat? (And when are underpants not underpants?)

A serendipitous breeze starts off this playful journey which begs the seemingly simple question, "When is a hat, not a hat?" Along the way, Rabbit manages to learn a little bit about friendship, fashion, and the importance of believing in himself.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
On a windy day, fancy red underpants are blown off a clothesline and onto a rabbit's head. "What's this?" he wonders. "It's a hat!" he declares. "No, that's wrong. It's not a hat." the text notes. A procession of other animals appears across the pages, each trying the "hat" on with hilarious results, exclaiming how "wonderful" or "fabulous" or "magnificent" it is. The rabbit is skeptical, while the text keeps reminding us that it is not a hat. Finally, a nattily clad donkey brings a touch of reality with his insistence, "It's not a hat. They're underpants." But rabbit finds that his tail won't fit in the "pants." And the other animals disagree. Finally, rabbit concludes, "It's a wonderful hat!" The front-end pages show a deserted worktable and a clothesline with clothes, but no underpants. The first double-page spread shows the clothes on the line whipped by the wind as it carries off the underpants. There is little need for more than the very brief text and the amusing, sketchy illustrations to tell the story. The cast of animals, naturalistically-drawn but anthropomorphic in behavior, are sure to produce laughs. The final end-pages, which show each of them wearing a piece of the garments from the front, ends the fun. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

In this comical story, a likable rabbit has a humorous encounter with a pair of red underpants. Rabbit's not sure how to wear the mysterious garment and tries it on as a hat. He offers the hat in turn to eight different animals until a donkey straightforwardly inquires why the rabbit is wearing underpants on his head. Rabbit tries to wear the red apparel properly but finds that his tail gets in the way. Opening endpapers usher in the outdoor setting while the closing ones illustrate the forest animals wearing clothing in a fun variety of ways. Rooftops and boats in the early illustrations place the story somewhere in Asia. The cartoon-style artwork and the text, consisting primarily of dialogue, work well together. Most of the artwork is encased in black outline with text printed both inside and outside the borders. This entertaining picture book stimulates a bit of creative thinking and problem solving. It would be best used one-on-one since details in the illustrations are small. Pair this selection with Shiego Watanabe's How Do I Put It On? (Philomel, 1980).-Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH

Kirkus Reviews
A lighthearted duel between Creativity and the Voice of Reason centers on a pair of lacy red panties blown off a clothesline. Deciding that it's a hat, Rabbit lets an array of agreeable animal friends try it on, even as a repeated demurral (see title) runs in counterpoint along the bottom margin. The unseen nabob of negativity appears at last-a scruffy-looking donkey bearing an album of pictures (of, oddly, men in briefs) for proof. Downcast, Rabbit puts the panties on "properly," but being as there's no hole for a tail, and that all the other animals declare that it looks silly, the garment is soon back on Rabbit's head. In the end, Rabbit even goes a step further, prying up the lower border of the penultimate picture so that the saturated colors of the cartoon-style woodland setting can symbolically flow down into the uncolored region of cold rationality. Pair this all-dialogue outing with Jan Brett's The Hat (1997), in which a more developed story line carries similar play with unconventional headgear. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933605661
  • Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.93 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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