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Hats!
     

Hats!

by Kevin Luthardt
 

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When a young boy enters a hat shop and sees there is a sale that day, he carefully chooses the perfect hat. Proudly wearing his new hat, he walks through town. When he reaches the park, a bully tells him, “Dumb hat!” The boy is crushed—is his hat really dumb? But other kids who come along think the hat is pretty cool, and in a surprise twist, the boy

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When a young boy enters a hat shop and sees there is a sale that day, he carefully chooses the perfect hat. Proudly wearing his new hat, he walks through town. When he reaches the park, a bully tells him, “Dumb hat!” The boy is crushed—is his hat really dumb? But other kids who come along think the hat is pretty cool, and in a surprise twist, the boy and his new friends turn the tables on the bully.


Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Artist Kevin Luthartd focuses readers' attention on the illustrations of this book, using only a few words that are strong enough to carry the reader through the story. Luthartd's style is an effective way to allow children to use their imaginations regarding what the characters are thinking. It also encourages them to exercise their skills in inference and to think for themselves as they turn the pages. The theme is one of uniqueness and acceptance. A young boy buys a red-and-blue checkered hat that he really likes, and yet another boy makes fun of him for wearing it. Luckily, the boy who has made fun of it has a sense of understanding and figures out a way to turn the situation around for the better. Luthartd's art can also be seen in community murals, art galleries, and in other children's books. His style in this particular book shows his talents; the illustrations are created with bright, attractive color combinations and his use of lines, patterns, and shadows encourages readers to take time to really pay attention to the art that creates this story. 2004, Albert Whitman and Company, Ages 3 to 6.
—Cherie Ilg Haas
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-The illustrations carry the story in this nearly wordless tale. A boy picks out a new blue-and-red checkered hat and proudly wears it home. In the park, he encounters a bully wearing a baseball cap who declares, "Dumb hat!" Luckily, the protagonist meets two other youngsters-kindred spirits who also wear colorful headgear-and together, they use kindness to defeat the bully's negative energy and turn him into a friend. The brightly colored, folk-art paintings keep the action moving. Luthardt gives the hats and the cast of diverse characters who wear them distinct personalities. The soft edges of the illustrations create a warm mood even when the bully does not. The pictures clearly show the children's emotions, including the boy's joy when he finds his special hat and the doubt and hurt feelings caused by the unpleasant encounter. Dialogue balloons are used for the few words that are spoken. The happy ending is a tad simplistic, but the book's overall message that compassion can triumph over meanness is a worthy one.-Catherine Callegari, San Antonio Public Library, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher

"The brightly colored, folk-art paintings keep the action moving."

School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781497689336
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
10/14/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Kevin Luthardt usually only wears a hat if he is having a bad hair day (which is quite often). Aside from writing and illustrating picture books, Kevin spends his time showing paintings in art galleries, creating large-scale community murals, and doing workshops for students in schools and libraries. He lives in the Chicago area with his family. 

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