Hooray for Hat!

by Brian Won (Author)

Hooray for Hat!
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

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.

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Publishers Weekly

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)

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Review quotes

"A lighthearted celebration of friendship and sharing"
"—School Library Journal

""This lighthearted story revels in the small acts that make life better—cheers all around."

""Won explores the way a simple gift and a little attention from friends can have nearly magical healing properties."
"—Publisher's Weekly"
Brian Won

The author and illustrator Brian Won is an artist, animator, and designer. Hooray for Hat! is his picture book debut. He lives with his family near Los Angeles, California. Visit his website at www.brianwon.com.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
June 20, 2014
Charlotte Zolotow Award
Highly Commended 2015 - 2015
Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award
Nominee 2015 - 2015

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