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.

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