Old Hat

Old Hat

Book - 2018
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After buying one outrageous hat after another in an attempt to keep up with the latest fashions set by his teasing animal friends, Harbet the dog learns that true happiness comes from being yourself.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2018
ISBN: 9781534409170
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm


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Jul 16, 2018

I'm several decades older than the intended audience but as an aspiring illustrator I just LOVE this. The drawings are adorable and the story is witty and makes you chuckle.

coffeebookie May 29, 2018

A cute story about trying to fit in ...and learning that just being yourself is really the ‘in’ thing!

forbesrachel May 29, 2018

Harbet wants to part of the popular crowd, a clique which only accepts those with the newest hat. But try as he might, this stubby white dog just can't get ahead. He gets hat after hat too late, and gets laughed at for wearing something that was unfashionable now. This is how trends work nowadays. They change so quickly that it becomes impossible to keep up, especially for those in a lower income bracket. A person needs to put a lot of time and energy into staying up-to-date. Not to mention that the "latest" and "greatest" isn't always the most practical or even desirable. It is ridiculous, and Gravett wants readers to know this, poking fun at the silly critters by placing pylons, ships, and other silly things on their heads. Her brief text is non-judgmental in tone though, simply stating what Harbet does, while her characteristic style keeps the focus on the characters. In the end, this individual figures out something important, one can either blindly follow trends, or make their own. The later is the one that makes Harbet happy.

GCPL_EarlyLit Feb 27, 2018

Sweetly amusing story about the dangers of trying to keep up with the latest fads and the joys of being yourself.


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