Very Good Hats (Hardcover)
January/February 2023 Kids Indie Next List
“Emma Straub and Blanca Gómez have teamed up for a delightful picture book reminding readers that anything can be a hat. It depicts a wide variety of people wearing a wide variety of hats! A great read aloud that kids will want to pore over.”
— Cathy Berner, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX
The first picture book by bestselling novelist Emma Straub, author of This Time Tomorrow, this is a joyous, inventive, adorably illustrated read-aloud that will inspire kids to see ordinary objects in a whole new way.
Some people think hats are fancy things you can buy at a dressy store, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In this book, acorns and raspberries are snug hats for your fingers, and an empty pudding cup is a good hat for a stuffed bear. Pajama pants make dangly hats, books can be dramatic hats, and bubbles make very fine hats as well (if temporary). Readers will be delighted to discover that anything can be a hat if you believe it is. Hats are everywhere you look!
About the Author
Emma Straub is the New York Times-bestselling author of the novels The Vacationers, Modern Lovers, Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures, We're All Adults Here, and the short story collection Other People We Married. Her books have been published in twenty countries. She and her husband own Books Are Magic, an independent bookstore in Brooklyn, New York.
Blanca Gómez is an illustrator and designer who started creating illustrations for her mother when she was just a child. Now her art can be seen around the world. Her clean, colorful images, filled with playful elegance, are on display at her Etsy shop and in her picture books Besos for Baby, City Moon, One Family, Red House Brown Mouse, and City Bird.
★ "Children will have a ball donning their thinking caps and coming up with original ideas for devising all sorts of hats and various creatures and objects to wear them—including themselves. The digital illustrations incorporate paper collage and are as colorful, lively, and inventive as the text." —Kirkus, starred review
★ ”Full of bright colors and strong shapes, and centering doll-like characters with an array of skin tones, digitally enhanced collage art from Gómez contributes bountifully to this book’s classic feel, offering an openhearted aesthetic playfulness that promises to inspire audiences’ love of categorization." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Whimsy and imagination fill the pages of this colorful title dedicated to covering not just your head . . . Illustrations of a diverse cast of round-faced adults and young people are reminiscent of the style of Christian Robinson and are wonderful for the intended audience. Children will love the bubble-covered bottom of a character taking a shower on the spread celebrating pajama pant hats and twirly towel hats." —School LIbrary Journal