“Elephant wakes up grumpy—until ding, dong! What’s in the surprise box at the front door? A hat! HOORAY FOR HAT! Elephant marches off to show Zebra, but Zebra is having a grumpy day, too—until Elephant shares his new hat and cheers up his friend. Off they march to show Turtle! The parade continues as every animal brightens the day of a grumpy friend. An irresistible celebration of friendship, sharing, and fabulous hats“. Publisher.
When Elephant woke up, he was very grumpy…and so starts this lovely tale about gratefully and graciously receiving acts of kindness and paying the kindness forward. The author/illustrator is obviously an accomplished designer as the balance between the clever graphics and lots of white space on each page is perfect. The colours of the exuberant hats and the corresponding “Hooray for Hat!” are in gorgeous colour in contrast to the more slightly more realistic and natural tones of the animals. The book is not sombre in tone – even the animals are crisply evident against the white.
The book is a delight and has a freshness that is sure to charm anyone who has the pleasure of reading it.
Author website with activity kit
Hooray for hat! / Words and pictures by Brian Won.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.