Monday, January 25, 2010
Review #58: Millie's Marvellous Hat
Gracie (age 9): Millie's Marvellous Hat...
Isaac (age 11): By Satoshi Kitamura. This book is about a girl named Millie - and you've probably figured that out already because of the title. She sees a hat in the store window. But the hat is $599.99.
Gracie: Not counting tax.
Isaac: So the store manager gave her a special hat instead.
Lily (age 6): A free one.
Gracie: Millie doesn't have anything in her purse, so the store owner gives her an invisible hat that can be anything.
Isaac: He's really nice - probably a different hat store owner wouldn't have done that.
Dad: Which do you think was better? The $599 one, or the free imaginary one?
Gracie: The imaginary one.
Isaac: I would never pay almost $600 for a hat. If I had that much money, I would use it all on Legos.
Dad: So what happens next...
Gracie: Millie goes for a walk. She sees a cake store, and her hat turns into a cake. 14 cakes on top of each other... I just counted them. Then she sees flowers and her hat becomes flowery.
Isaac: Then when Millie was at the park, she noticed everyone had a hat of their own. And at the end, her parents had hats too. The dad had a giant penguin hat.
Elijah (age 4): I like that penguin hat.
Dad: Millie had a pretty good imagination. Who else does?
Gracie: Sa-tushy Ki-mostra has a good imagination.
Isaac: It's actually... "Satoshi Kitamura."
Dad: What do his pictures look like?
Isaac: How do we explain the art in this book? Abstract-ish?
Gracie: He has never used a completely straight line in this whole book.
Isaac: Well, they are straight.
Dad: The lines are just all at odd angles to each other.
Isaac: And they are splotchy.
Gracie: Thick and thin lines.
Dad: He varies the line width.
Gracie: And Millie really pops out. All the colors are dull except for Millie. She's bright!
Dad: What was your favorite hat in the book? Mine was Millie's peacock hat.
Gracie: It must have taken him an hour to draw that peacock hat.
Isaac: I'm not drawing that.
Lily: It had too much feathers. That hat would have knocked everyone over.
Dad: You think it would have actually knocked people down... even though it was imaginary?
Isaac: I think the animals in the book could see the hats. Well, the dog saw the cake hat - I know that much.
Gracie: Its tongue was hanging out.
Dad: How about you guys? What was your favorite hat in the book?
Isaac: My favorite hat was the vacuum cleaner one - that was cool. That one and the Titanic hat were cool.
Gracie: I have two favorite hats. I like the peacock hat before it opens its feathers because it's the prettiest shade of blue in the whole world. And I also like the Mommy's hat at the end. It's really pretty. It's flowers.
Dad: How about you, Lily?
Gracie: I know which one Lily would like! This duck hat.
Lily: That is a goose.
Dad: Actually I think it's a swan.
Lily: Well, I want the little baby swan hat.
Gracie: Look - there's a safety cone hat.
Isaac: Awesome! I want the safety cone hat!
Gracie: And look -- she's tall and skinny, so she's got a giraffe hat. And he's short and chubby, so he has a rhinoceros hat.
Dad: Wow... the hats match the people... I never even noticed this! I thought they were random. But she's balancing packages so she has a hat with a seal balancing a ball. Oh and look - she's pregnant so she has a kangaroo with a pouch...
Gracie: And he's very distinguished and rich...
Isaac: And he's fast like a race car driver...
Lily: And they are fighting...
Dad: I never would have noticed that - you guys are so smart!
Elijah: Look - that's a cool hat!
Dad: That would be a fun game, wouldn't it? When we're all in the car waiting for mom to come out of the grocery store, we could imagine different hats on the people walking by based on their personalities. Let's try it out... What kind of hat do you think baby sister Evie would have?
Gracie: A bullhorn!
Isaac: No -- a hat with oranges! She loves oranges.
Elijah: I want a toothpaste marvelous hat!
Dad: I could do that... I'd be happy to put toothpaste on your head...
Isaac: Elijah would have a toilet hat.
Dad: Ha ha -- yes, we have trouble with Elijah's 4-year-old potty mouth, don't we.
Elijah: YEAH! A toilet hat!!!
Dad: How about mom?
Gracie: A vacuum cleaner. Because she feels like she's the only one in the house who cleans up.
Lily: No! She would have a picture of her family.
Dad: Yeah - she loves you guys. That's one of her most distinguishing features. How about me -- do you have a hat for me?
Gracie: A pencil hat!
Dad: Cool. I would wear a pencil hat if there was one.
Isaac: I wonder what the author's hat looks like.
Gracie: Probably a Millie hat!
Dad: So he would have a hat of a girl wearing a hat?
Gracie: I think he should write another book about Millie. Millie's Marvelous Shoes. Or Millie's Marvelous Mustache! Ha ha hahh hah...
Author/Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura
Published, 2009: Andersen Press
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