Hat tricks

Satoshi Kitamura

Book - 2020

A rabbit in a hat performs a magic show.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
Atlanta, Georgia : Peachtree Publishing Company Inc 2020
Edition
First Edition. First United States version
Language
English
Item Description
"First published in Great Britain in 2019 by Scallywag Press"--Copyright page.
Physical Description
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 25 x 29 cm
ISBN
9781682631508
1682631508
Main Author
Satoshi Kitamura (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Positively bursting with storytime potential, Kitamura's latest outing (Millie's Marvelous Hat, 2009) starts with a very simply drawn top hat—out of which leaps a rabbit magician named (what else?) Hattie. Then, spurred by repeated calls of "Abracadabra, katakurico," out comes a comically thunderstruck cat . . . then a squirrel, followed by, even more startlingly, an octopus. On and on comes a succession of likewise unpredictable creatures, each dramatically revealed by a page turn. When, unfortunately, the elephant gets stuck, everyone has to pull together until it finally pops out with a climactic "Kaboom! All fall down!" Is the hat finally empty? No, it's good for one more, even larger explosion that doubles the cast and even provides a woodsy setting to fill out the previously blank backdrop. "It's a whole new world of friends!" Though it grows steadily, it's easy to keep track of the cast, whose members are drawn with thick-outlined strokes and placed against a clear white background. Young audiences will loudly echo the closing plaudits: "Brava, Hattie! Bravo, hat!" Grades K-2. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

Positively bursting with storytime potential, Kitamura's latest outing (Millie's Marvelous Hat, 2009) starts with a very simply drawn top hat—out of which leaps a rabbit magician named (what else?) Hattie. Then, spurred by repeated calls of "Abracadabra, katakurico," out comes a comically thunderstruck cat . . . then a squirrel, followed by, even more startlingly, an octopus. On and on comes a succession of likewise unpredictable creatures, each dramatically revealed by a page turn. When, unfortunately, the elephant gets stuck, everyone has to pull together until it finally pops out with a climactic "Kaboom! All fall down!" Is the hat finally empty? No, it's good for one more, even larger explosion that doubles the cast and even provides a woodsy setting to fill out the previously blank backdrop. "It's a whole new world of friends!" Though it grows steadily, it's easy to keep track of the cast, whose members are drawn with thick-outlined strokes and placed against a clear white background. Young audiences will loudly echo the closing plaudits: "Brava, Hattie! Bravo, hat!" Grades K-2. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Kitamura's volume (The Rainmaker Danced) is an amusing peek-a-boo tale for budding magic fans. The opening ink, watercolor, and gouache image shows two ear tips peeking out of an inverted magician's hat. "What do have here?" asks the omniscient narrator in the first of several questions that drive the book. The answer is a rabbit magician named Hattie, and with an "abracadabra, katakurico," she pulls out of her hat, in rapid succession, a cat, a squirrel, an octopus, a moose, and an elephant (who needs help extracting his elephant-size derriere). Much of the action takes place along a single plane with no detailing—opening and closing pictures establish a proscenium stage—but the animal cast carries the show with élan. Kitamura's snaggly black line and lovely washes of color conjure up a soft, shocked brown moose, and a nonplussed pink-orange octopus with vine-like appendages that seem to have a life of their own. Although the ending feels a little limp (a backdrop arrives, and the animals are suddenly duplicated, creating a "whole new world of friends"), the vivid characters make this much more than a one-trick story. Ages 2–6. (Mar.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 1—Hattie is a bunny who loves performing magic. Usually, it's the rabbit that is in the hat, but Hattie is not your typical magician. Assuming the stance, Hattie says the magic words—"Abracadabra, katakurico"—and asks, "What's in the hat?" Readers who notice that there are two little ears peeking out will no doubt sing out, "Rabbit." Wrong! It's a cat! Sure enough, a slightly befuddled cat pops out. Hattie continues with one surprise after another, making kids interact with the text. The animals become unpredictable (one is an octopus!), which will delight children. Hattie is a wonderful magician who ties all these crazy animals together in a very satisfying ending. VERDICT 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.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A rabbit in a hat performs a magic show.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Meet Hattie the magician—she’s a natural performer, and you’re invited to her magic show. 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 conjures up a parade of animals from her magic hat, and don’t miss the grand finale!From renowned author and illustrator Satoshi Kitamura, this humorous story is a delightful choice for audience participation.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Hattie the bunny magician invites readers to join along in the fun as she uses her magic hat and wand to conjure up a parade of animals who team up for a whimsical grand finale. By the award-winning illustrator of Angry Arthur. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

You're invited to Hattie the rabbit's magic show! A lively, must-have read-aloud for preschooler story times from acclaimed author-illustrator Satoshi Kiramura.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 story times. 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.