Old Hat
Old Hat
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Annotation: 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.
Catalog Number: #154588
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-534-40917-3
ISBN 13: 978-1-534-40917-0
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2018000335
Dimensions: 27 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Harbet is a sweet-faced, white dog with a long snout, crooked tail, and fondness for hats, his favorite being the cozy, pom-pommed number knitted for him by his nana. One day, Harbet runs into a fashionable group of animals wearing towering fruit-topped turbans la Carmen Miranda o shout, "Old Hat!" upon seeing the little dog's winter cap. Not to be left behind, Harbet hurries to a haberdashery and purchases a fruit hat of his own. His moment of trendiness is cut short, however, by another cry of "Old Hat!" from the chic chapeau crew, who have swapped their fruit for light-up traffic cones. The pattern continues despite Harbet's best efforts, and readers will giggle over his mounting collection of ridiculous hats. Gravett draws her amusing story to an inspiring close when Harbet makes his boldest (and best) fashion decision by embracing his individuality. Gravett's bright illustrations (created in pencil, watercolor, and acrylic) pop against plain backgrounds, and the "Old Hat!" refrain and silliness of the story make this a fantastic storytime choice.
Horn Book
Dog-like Harbet cherishes his grandmother-made knit hat. When three animals wearing Carmen Miranda-type toppers ridicule it, he switches chapeaus to match. But the fashion police have moved on, deeming Harbet's look passé. 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!
Kirkus Reviews
Bowing to peer hat pressure never works.Harbet—a bipedal, warmly off-white dog, mildly and endearingly scruffy—has a favorite hat. It has pompoms, earflaps, and patterns; his nana knitted it when Harbet was a puppy, and it keeps him toasty warm. Unfortunately, the local trendsetters—a dinosaur, a storklike bird, and something vaguely ursine—have different standards and no compunction about mocking. They all sport Carmen Miranda-type fruit hats and declare his old hat "OLD HAT!" (the tale's refrain), beginning a cycle in which Harbet acquires a new hat like theirs but always after it's become passé. His fruit hat is so yesterday, and—poor Harbet!—the fruit rots and attracts flies. He obtains a traffic-cone hat with a mounted searchlight, like theirs, but now they have hats that look like little ships. Harbet consults Top Hat magazine; he tries a saucepan on his head, a pink work boot, and an undersea diving helmet. Still, "OLD HAT!" Only the surprising reveal of his bare head changes the power dynamic. Gravett's pencil, watercolor, and acrylic ink illustrations are cheerful, delicate, and funny. While the mockery is set in huge, all-caps type and the mockers do point, their facial expressions don't jeer, and the art's gentle lines and heartening colors keep the vibe lighter than it might have been.A story about teasing and pressure, but a fairly tranquil one—with excellent chapeaus. (Picture book. 3-6)
Publishers Weekly
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.)
School Library Journal
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
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3
Lexile: AD430L

From the creator of Wolves, Dogs, Tidy, and the Bear and Hare series and twice-winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, Emily Gravett comes a fresh, funny, and punchy picture book about the futility of fads and the joy of learning to be yourself.

Harbet had a hat. His Nana had knitted it for him when he was little.

Harbet likes his comfy knitted hat, but the others keep jeering at him—OLD HAT! OLD HAT! No matter what headwear he buys—be it a towering fruit platter hat, an old-boot-on-the-head hat, or a brightly lit traffic cone hat, Harbet cannot keep up with the latest fashions. As soon as he gets a brand new hat it is already…OLD HAT! It seems that Harbet will never fit in. But when one day he decides to go his own way, Harbet discovers just how much more fun it is to stop following others and think for yourself.

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