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I Had a Favorite Hat
by Boni Ashburn
Illustrated by Robyn Ng
Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2015.
The narrator of this charming picture book loves her summer hat, but as the seasons change, her hat isn’t always appropriate for every occasion. She must use her crafting skills to turn the hat into a work of art, perfect for every season and holiday. Featuring the same characters from the first book, I Had a Favorite Dress, along with the hip, eye-catching art style that won it so many fans, this book is perfect for young crafters and their stylish parents.
With a little of this and a little of that...
Ashburn’s peppy text with (irregular) internal rhymes matches the levity and frilliness of Ng’s mixed-media art. A lively offering for young fashionistas and DIY-ers. —The Horn Book

Multicultural characters and the rhythmic, repetitious phrases make this an excellent pick for read-alouds.
—Booklist Online

The energetic and engaging illustrations, created using graphite, cut paper, watercolor, crayon, and PhotoShop, invite perusal. As she did in I Had a Favorite Dress (Abrams, 2011), Ashburn plays with rhyming words: "With a little of this… and a little of that… my hat makes a divine little valentine!" VERDICT Children will enjoy the idea of taking a hat and—with a little tape, ribbon, and ingenuity—decorating it to help celebrate important days. 
—School Library Journal
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