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Brimsby's hats
Prahin, Andrew.
Personal Author:
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2014]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 19 x 24 cm
When the friend with whom he has enjoyed tea and conversation each day goes off to sea, a talented hat maker devises a creative way to make new friends.
Reading Level:
Ages 4-9.

AD 680 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.4 0.5 163837.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.2 1 Quiz: 63061.
Format :


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Material Type
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J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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A lonely hat maker uses quirky creativity to make friends in this delightful picture book that will charm readers young and old.

Brimsby is a happy hat maker--until his best friend goes off to find adventure at sea. Now Brimsby is a lonely hat maker, unsure of what to do. But since making hats is what he does best, perhaps his talents can help him find some friends...

Filled with whimsy and wonder, Brimsby's Hats is a celebration of creativity and friendship.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Brimsby sits in his little cottage making hats while sharing tea and conversation with a good friend, until the fellow moves away. Now working in silence each day, Brimsby realizes that he's lonely. He walks for miles through the falling snow until he finds a tree with seven little birds. Busy shoveling out their nests and keeping the fires lit in their tiny stoves, they're too busy to hear his Hello. Brimsby goes back home, works all night, and returns with seven of his hats, which he has cleverly modified to include doors and heating vents. Placing one on each nest, he converses with the grateful birds, who become his friends. In his first picture book, Prahin offers a gentle story with amiable characters, real problems, and satisfying solutions. The digital artwork reflects the tone of the precisely worded text as well as its understated wit and verve. With clean, spare lines in the outdoor scenes, intriguing details in the interiors, and unusual color combinations throughout the book, the illustrations create a distinctive world for the characters to inhabit. Fine for reading aloud, this quiet charmer of a picture book is an inspiration for creativity, problem solving, and making friends.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Bereft when his best friend takes off for a new life as a sea captain, Brimsby-a small, fuzzy, button-nosed creature who makes hats-seeks new companions. One winter afternoon he finds some birds working feverishly, "shoveling the snow out of their nests and keeping the cold wind from blowing out their fires." Brimsby realizes that his hats might serve as shelters for them, and his thoughtfulness earns him a treeful of new friends: "They talked about hats. They talked about snow shovels. They talked about whether lemon cookies taste better than worms." Newcomer Prahin's exceptionally polished digital spreads look like stills from an animated feature. Muted, offbeat shades of gray-blue, mauve, and lime echo Brimsby's quirky personality. There's no dialogue-Prahin narrates the whole story comfortingly in the third person, softening Brimsby's feelings of loss-and much of the humor appears in the stylish spreads. In one, a bison tries on a comically small hat; in another, Brimsby and his friend fantasize in pictorial dialogue balloons about fighting a pirate octopus. A promising first outing for Prahin. Ages 4-8. Agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.