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Children's LiteratureCondemned to wear her ugly brown and blue school uniform, one day Monique, who wants to be different, decides to wear a big red hat to school. Although she is made to take it off, she inspires the other students to wear hats as well. Each day she finds something unusual to wear or do, but every one of them is banned by the principal. Finally she finds something she can have that is unique: "...the brightest and most colorful braces anyone had ever seen." Rather bland colored drawings depict a mundane, private-school world, with people visualized in a rather cartoon-y style, with large heads, big round eyes, and linear mouths. The gestures and poses, however, clearly depict the making of a non-conformist social leader. Although the illustrations are light-hearted, even funny, the more serious issue of conformity lies underneath. The question of how her classmates will copy her last achievement remains open. 2003 (orig. 2001), Kane/Miller Book Publishers, Ages 4 to 8.
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz