You’re invited to Hattie the rabbit’s magic show! A lively, must-have read-aloud for preschooler storytimes from acclaimed author-illustrator Satoshi Kiramura.
★ “Dynamic, fun-filled, imaginative, and ideal for participatory reading aloud.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
“Wonderful pacing and exceptional charm…comedy gold. This is likely to become one of those well-worn ‘again, again’ books.” ―Wall Street Journal
Abracadabra, katakurico! Oh, goodness! Out pops a cat from Hattie’s magic hat. Can you guess what creature will appear from the magic hat next?
Follow along as Hattie the rabbit conjures up a parade of animals from her magic hat in this highly interactive story that’s perfect for toddler and preschool storytimes. Simple, repetitive language along with ample opportunities for prediction and fun magic words add to its engaging qualities. A great pairing for magic-themed activities and animal units. From renowned author and illustrator Satoshi Kitamura.
★ “The spare, repetitive, interactive text engages readers in chanting the magic words with Hattie and watching expectantly, guessing what will emerge next….energetic illustrations… Dynamic, fun-filled, imaginative, and ideal for participatory reading aloud.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
“Wonderful pacing and exceptional charm….comedy gold. This is likely to become one of those well-worn ‘again, again’ books that are the joy of children and the sometime-torment of grown-ups. As with Rod Campbell’s perennially popular ‘Dear Zoo’ (1982), the ask-and-reveal pleasure of ‘Hat Tricks’ is unlikely to diminish for children ages 2-5 no matter how often you read it to them.” —Wall Street Journal
“Positively bursting with storytime potential… Young audiences will loudly echo the closing plaudits: ‘Brava, Hattie! Bravo, hat!’” —Booklist
“Bold and lively pictures… [Kitamura’s] use of color is especially striking… Magician Hattie takes a well-deserved bow at the end, but preschoolers are going to want to start the story all over again, chanting, “Abracadabra, katakurico.’” —The Horn Book Magazine
“An amusing peek-a-boo tale for budding magic fans….vivid characters make this much more than a one-trick story.” —Publishers Weekly
“The interactivity of this book makes it a perfect read-aloud for young children. Its bright colors and the funny faces on the animals all work to make this a book that early childhood educators will want in their libraries.”—School Library Journal
“Simple repetition and the increasing absurdity of the hat’s residents make this a perfect choice for storytime, and viewers will delight in the reactions of the appearing animals, especially when compared to Hattie’s calm professionalism….pure silliness that’s bound to be requested by listeners again and again.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
CCBC Choices (Picture Books for Young Children) —Cooperative Children’s Book Center, 2021
Parents’ Choice Recommended Award —Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2020
F&P: H, Gr 1, Genre F
Themes: Guessing, Surprises, Magic, Friendship
BISAC 1: JUV051000 JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play
BISAC 2: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
BISAC 3: JUV037000 JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic