HAT WEEK: Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won

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Elephant’s day doesn’t get off to a good start. He wakes up GRUMPY.

When the doorbell rings, it only annoys him. When he thumps downstairs to see who it is, there is a mystery present waiting for him and this unexpected gift – a most spectacular hat – turns his day around and puts a great big smile on his face.

Keen to share his good fortune Elephant visits his friends. They too have woken up out of sorts but Elephant knows a great way to spread his happiness: by sharing his present and giving each friend a fabulous hat to wear.

hoorayHooray for Hat by Brian Won is a wonderfully up-beat and joyous ode to friendship, the good things that come from ‘paying it forward’ and teamwork. It perfectly captures the transformational magic of hats; a little bit of frivolity and exuberance bursting out of your head can indeed do wonders to how you feel!

From the deftly humorous grumpy facial expressions in a range of animals, to the appealing candy colour palette beautifully set off against stark white pages, Hooray for Hat‘s illustrations and design are a delight. The dapper carnival procession of animals are sure to make young readers giggle and banish any blues, helping us remember how little acts of kindness in life can make all the difference. A treat, pure and simple!

In response to Hooray for Hat we set up our own millinery studio, using old lampshades as bases for our hats (we were able to source lots of old lampshades from a local recycling centre).

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Lampshades, ribbon, paper, hot clue, sequins and a whole lot of imagination and craziness later we had our hats:

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As you can see, they made us feel very happy!

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Whilst making our hats we listened to:

  • I Wanna Hat with Cherries played by the Glenn Miller Orchestra
  • Top Hat Ramble by Big Country Bluegrass – great for dancing to, but the only free recording I can find on YouTube isn’t great quality.
  • The Tinfoil Hat made both girls giggle


  • Other activities which would go well alongside reading Hooray for Hat include:

  • Playing with the activity sheet Brian Won has created to go with his book. You can download it from here and it includes bunting, different paper hats to make and colouring in.
  • Checking out this Pinterest board with lots of hats kids can make themselves. I like the tissue paper hats and the peacock hat.
  • Choosing to make and deliver a surprise gift for someone, just because…

  • Are you a hat person? If so, I’d love to hear about your favourite hat!

    Disclosure: I was sent a free review copy of Hooray for Hat from the publisher.

    4 Responses

    1. SIMONE FRASER

      Well, I want this book desperately! I am again so grateful for this lovely site. I remember the fun of the Easter Hat Parade, where hopefully not too long-suffering family members made hats for their young ones. Then we would delight in showing off the creation as we walked the parade, most likely with a little bewilderment of being the entertainment! Later, at the age of eleven years, we the students were enlisted to make hats for the infant children… This was a genuinely far more delightful experience.

    2. SIMONE FRASER

      PS: The children’s hats above are glorious!

    3. Hi Zoe,
      I’m going to put this post in my memory bank to recommend for our hat parades at Easter.Will have to get the book- sounds gorgeous ( and I am a hat lover myself anyway!)

    4. Hooray, Sue! It is an ideal book for Easter hat parades 🙂

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