The Pink Hat


Andrew Joyner,  The Pink Hat,  Random House Australia, 15 Jan 2018, 32pp., $24.99 (hbk),  ISBN 9780143789369

In charming shades of soft grey Joyner tells a lively ‘lost-object’ tale. The qualities of composition, line and white space are exemplary and clear retro graphic style illustrations pack in lots of fun details. Spot colour highlights the subject in question – a wool hat that is first knitted by a lady in her flat, then snatched by her cat, hooked into a tree, cuddled by a baby and so on until a girl rescues it from her pet dog. A double page spread shows this new owner delighting in her washed and revived acquired accessory and the hat has almost completed its interesting story when the last two pages take the story in a new direction. I found this link to Women’s Rights a bit tenuous but it is still beautifully drawn. The imprint page pays homage to the Women’s March of 2017 which this book commemorates.  Suitable for: Ages 4-8

Reviewed by Liz Anelli

1 Comment

  1. How can the link be tenuous when the whole book is a celebration and commemoration of the women’s march? (where thousands of protestors wore pink hats)

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