Hats Are Not for Cats!

by Jacqueline K Rayner (Author)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Are hats for cats? A big, bossy dog and a determined cat disagree. This funny rhyming romp--with a large cast of cats and hats--leads readers to the perfect conclusion: hats are for everyone! A big, severe, plaid-hat-wearing dog insists that the small black cat in the red fez shouldn't be wearing a hat--any kind of hat--because hats are for dogs. His patronizing tirade doesn't convince this cat, however. Defiantly, she wears an assortment of hats, described in the gleeful rhyming text, and brings in other cats to join the protest. The silliness of both text and pictures offers a cheerful take on bossiness and managing conflict, with a win-win resolution.

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-The canine of the house sees the cat wearing a hat. Hats, he declares, are not for cats! Only dogs may wear hats. The feline keeps trying on all kinds of hats, and every time the dog says the same thing: hats are not for cats. After the cat and his friends try on every kind of hat imaginable, and even knock the dog's hat off his head, the dog finally agrees that hats are indeed for everyone. The illustrations are colorful, whimsical, and expressive. The text is fanciful and rhyming, in the fashion of a Dr. Seuss book. VERDICT This is a humorous, colorful book with delightful rhyme schemes that will make it a fine read-aloud.-Nicole Detter-Smith, Homestead High School, IN

Copyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

★ "Rayner's inclusive celebration of chapeaux is a delightful debut."—Kirkus, STARRED review

"[T]he text is lively and energetic as the dog becomes increasingly bothered, while the silent cat bounces through the pages with exuberant defiance."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Jacqueline K Rayner
Jacqueline K. Rayner was born in Australia. She has a B.A. in fine art and worked for many years as a graphic designer before turning to books and receiving a master's degree in children's book illustration from the Cambridge UK School of Art. Currently she lives and works in London. www.jacquelineraynerillustration.com
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
August 20, 2019

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