I Got This Hat – Jol and Kate Temple and Jon Foye (book review)

After last fortnight’s trip down memory lane, I’m back into my new goody bag of books. We had a spending spree at Australia Post recently, where the value of the book packs was just too good to walk past.

Here’s a new (to us) book that we’ve quickly grown to love.

I Got This Hat / Jol and Kate Temple and Jon Foye

(ABC Books, 2013)

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We got this book. We read this book. We adore this book.

I Got This Hat is perfect for our family at the moment. I’ve read it a few times to our four-and-a-half-year-old, and now she’s taken over the reading to our almost-two-year-old. She loves reading it (including the occasional tough word), and he loves hearing it. They both love miming putting the hats on their heads. Win-win.

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It’s a great example of a simple idea and repetition used cleverly to create solid children’s book gold. Two things should annoy me – some (many) of the rhymes don’t quite rhyme, and the sentences are free of punctuation but strangely flit in and out of title case – but somehow, they don’t.

The book is clever and fun, and inspires you to create your own hats. (By you, I mean the kids. And maybe you. But not me. Craft doesn’t like me.)

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And while illustrations are important to all picture books, to this one they’re imperative. Without the illustrations, there is no book. I love me a book where the words and pictures interact in deceptively simple brilliance. (After all, it’s what put Orange Pear Apple Bear on our family favourites list.)

I Got This Hat is a winner for kids of all ages. Recommended for ages born and up. You can buy I Got This Hat from Booktopia here (currently 55% off!) or from Book Depository here. Or you can try your luck at your local Australia Post shop, where we picked it up together with three other titles for $14.95.

 

Have you read I Got This Hat? What did you think?

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Comments

    • says

      I have bought more than my fair share of book packs from the pots office! The Pamela Allen packs and the Graeme Base packs were definitely our favourite buys.

    • says

      Hooray for Vikings! We actually hadn’t come across them before so I had to describe them to the kids. Things you never think about. And then make a bollocks of!

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