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Title:
Hooray for hat!
Author:
Won, Brian, author.
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Publication Information:
Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Summary:
Elephant wakes up in a grumpy mood, but a present on his doorstep--a hat--cheers him and he sets out to greet his neighbors who all, it seems, need hats of their own.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.4 0.5 166868.
ISBN:
9780544159037
Format :
Book

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Summary

Elephant wakes up grumpy--until ding, dong! What's in the surprise box at the front door? A hat! HOORAY FOR HAT! Elephant marches off to show Zebra, but Zebra is having a grumpy day, too--until Elephant shares his new hat and cheers up his friend. Off they march to show Turtle! The parade continues as every animal brightens the day of a grumpy friend. An irresistible celebration of friendship, sharing, and fabulous hats.


Author Notes

Brian Won is an illustrator, author, and art director. Hooray for Hat!, his picture book debut, was named a Huffington Post Best Picture Book and an NPR Best Book, and Hooray for Today! received a starred review from Kirkus . He lives with his family near Los Angeles, California. www.brianwon.com


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Booklist Review

As everyone well knows, there's nothing so cheering as a good fashion accessory. Here Won takes the idea a step further: Elephant wakes up grumpy, but the mood doesn't survive the discovery of a gift box on the porch with a fabulous multilayered hat inside. Off Elephant rushes to show and cleverly share with grouchy Zebra. Soon there's an entire parade of formerly grumpy friends marching along beneath new hats and chanting the titular exclamation. Ultimately the original headpiece is reassembled as a gift for Giraffe, who isn't feeling well, and all gather for a final shout: HOORAY FOR FRIENDS! Won's expressively posed animal figures and the spare narrative are placed on white backgrounds that both brighten the colors and give each scene a clean, spacious look. Moreover, the repeated chorus endows the episode with storytime-friendly rhythm and predictability. A tip of the hat to this buoyant debut.--Peters, John Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In this debut, Won explores the way a simple gift and a little attention from friends can have nearly magical healing properties. "When Elephant woke up, he was very grumpy," Won starts, drawing the elephant with dark frowning eyebrows and scribbly black lines above his head. The doorbell rings. "Go away! I'm grumpy!" he scowls. But the delivery is a box full of hats, and Elephant cheers right up after putting them on in a tall stack: "I'll show Zebra!" His good deed has the knock-on effect of a line of dominoes. Zebra and the animals that follow are all grumpy, each gets a hat, and the cheer spreads. Won's retro-style artwork uses muted hues and gives forms volume with watercolor-style shading. Owl's hat is a sort of graduation cap meets awning affair, while Elephant's has both a cuckoo and a handy cupholder. "I love this hat," Lion says when they arrive at his cave. "But I can't cheer while our friend Giraffe is not feeling well. What can we do?" Readers will know the answer to this one. Ages 4-8. Agency: East West Literary Agency. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Everyone wakes up in a bad mood now and again, and Elephant is no exception. When the doorbell rings, he stomps down the stairs shouting, "GO AWAY! I'M GRUMPY"--the first of two refrains in the book, this one printed in large black caps. Elephant finds a surprise present: a box of whimsical hats! Putting the whole stack on his head, the now happy pachyderm shouts, "HOORAY FOR HAT!" with the second refrain in extra large multicolored caps. He goes to visit his friend Zebra, who is also grumpy. Elephant gives Zebra one of the hats, which instantly lifts her spirits. They drop in on their grouchy friends Turtle, Owl, Lion, and Giraffe, giving out hats and cheer, and becoming a veritable parade as each animal joins in on the fun. Though created digitally, Won's bold minimalist illustrations truly look like saturated watercolors, wonderfully offset by the expansive white background. The accompanying text matches the illustrations in its simplicity and formulaic repetition, making this tale a good choice for both beginning readers and for storytimes, especially if accompanied by a silly hat craft. A lighthearted celebration of friendship and sharing that does not hit the readers over the head with its moral.-Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.