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Old Hat
Contributor(s): Gravett, Emily
ISBN: 1534409173     ISBN-13: 9781534409170
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: February 2018
Annotation: A lively story about the futility of fads and the joy of being oneself follows the experiences of a little dog who loves the comfy hat knitted long ago by his Nana but who, in the face of mocking peers, tries frantically to earn acceptance by trying out a sequence of fashionable hats that are outdated as soon as he wears them. By the award-winning author of the Bear & Hare series. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Individuality; Fiction.
Peer pressure; Fiction.
Hats; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals
- Juvenile Fiction | Clothing & Dress
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Peer Pressure
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2018000335
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 9.25" W x 0.50" (0.85 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
Dog-like Harbet cherishes his grandmother-made knit hat. When three animals wearing Carmen Mirandatype toppers ridicule it, he switches chapeaus to match. But the fashion police have moved on, deeming Harbet's look passi. So it continues until Harbet goes hatless, exhibiting a head sprouting colorful plumes--surprising the judgy trio and the reader. Gravett's eccentric crown-topping creations evoke those of the approval-courting poodle in Go, Dog. Go! Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #2)
Harbet, who appears to be a small white dog, cherishes the dorky knit hat with pom-poms that his grandmother made for him years ago. When three animals wearing Carmen Miranda–type toppers knock Harbet's lid for being "old hat," he switches to a fruit-bedecked chapeau like theirs. But he's too late: the fashion police have moved on to construction-cone headpieces and they deem Harbet's fruited look passé. So it goes, until Harbet tries out a look that "no one had ever done before": he goes hatless, exhibiting a head sprouting colorful plumes—a big surprise to the judgy trio (and a winning payoff for readers). Nowhere is the author's hand more deft than in Old Hat's final spread, which shows Harbet's critics resorting to tape and feathers to mimic his natural look. Gravett's eccentric crown-topping creations can't help but evoke those of the approval-courting pink poodle ("Do you like my hat?") in P. D. Eastman's Go, Dog. Go!, and the author leaves us with a message that someone should have shared with that poor pink pooch decades ago: it's up to us to define ourselves. nell beram Copyright 2018 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

Harbet is a shaggy dog who ventures out in the ear-flapped knitted cap his Nana has made for him. He meets a dinosaur, a big-billed bird, and a bear, all ostentatiously decked out in Carmen Miranda-style fruit-bowl hats. Oblivious to their own silly headwear, they laugh at Harbet's. "Old hat!" they chorus. Trying hard to keep up, Harbet picks out a fruit creation just like theirs ("It was low in fat, high in fiber, and could provide 80% of his daily vitamins"), but they've already moved on to hats shaped like traffic cones, and their derisive "Ha Ha's" fill up the big spreads. After the search for up-to-the-minute headgear ends in despair, the dog does something brave: "Harbet took off his hat." He's got a wonderful secret, and now the three friends are filled with envy. Readers can giggle at Gravett's sly prose and witty caricatures, but there's a lot to talk about, too. The three friends don't look mean; are they bullies? Is Harbet silly to worry, or is his anxiety easy to understand? There's more to this smart story than funny hats. Ages 4–8. (Feb.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 January)

POPPreS-Gr 2—A sweet and simple book with a strong message about being yourself. Harbet the dog has a favorite hat that his Nana knitted for him. It is a perfect fit and keeps him cozy in the cold weather. Unfortunately, the rest of the Harbet's friends find his cap to be passé and make it well known that it is an old one. So, the pup sets out to find the perfect new hat. Many of them make him happy with their outlandish style and special features. But none of them seem to please his friends, who move on to the next trend at lightning speed. Finally, while sitting on a humongous pile of discarded new hats, Harbet decides to ditch headgear all together and go out into the world as his fabulous self (keeping his original old hat for the winter months, of course)! His friends try, but they cannot outshine Harbet as his true self. VERDICT With its vibrant watercolor illustrations and witty storytelling style, this book is sure to please a wide variety of children. Its message of self love makes it a must-buy for any library collection.—Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.