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Millie's Marvellous Hat [Hardcover]

Satoshi Kitamura
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Book Description

4 Jun 2009
Millie loves hats, but she has no money and she can't afford to buy any of the lovely hats in town. But the man in the hat shop has an idea. He produces a box containing a hat too fine and beautiful to behold, but with the most perfect shape and colour imaginable, if Millie dares to imagine it. Millie does dare, and soon she can not only see her own beautiful hat, but everyone else's hats as well.

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Andersen (4 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842709240
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842709245
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 23.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 586,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shortlisted --Kate Greenaway Award, 2010

"Few artists are able to bring the creative force of imagination to life with such verve and vim as Satoshi Kitamura. Vibrant, colourful and pleasingly stylised, this is a wonderful life-affirming story told in an unsentimental style. Gently comedic, its overarching message regarding internal riches lends the book a fairytale feel." --The Bookseller

"This book takes you on a sunny walk through streets, parks and interiors, and leads you to emphathise, to learn that you might affect other people's moods and to appreciate individuality." --The Sunday Times

"This is a thoughtful look at how with little effort of will, we can alter what's in our heads as well as what's on them." --The Sunday Times

"This is a beautiful new book from this award-winning author that is guaranteed to amuse children and fire their imaginations." --Nursery World

"Wonderful illustrations." --Angels and Urchins

"Gorgeous, mind-stretching picture book." --Independent on Sunday - Hit List

"The talented Kitamura has created a masterful urban fable for these credit crunch times." --School Librarian

"Kitamura's distinctive illustrations, with their use of crooked lines and quirky angular perspectives are, as always, fascinating and compelling." --Books For Keeps

"A picture book celebrating childhood imagination."
--Irish Times

This riotous imaginative story is all about the power of believing. Satoshi Kitamura's illustrations are a treat. --Guardian

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A heart-warming new story with sensational illustrations from the award-winning Satoshi Kitamura.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is a great book with fun approachable pictures in Kitamura's unmistakable and almost-cartoon style. Millie goes into a rather old-fashioned milliner's shop but can't afford the hat with colourful feathers that she likes because her purse is empty. The straight-faced suited shop man brings her, most seriously, a hat box and in it there's a marvellous imaginary hat for her to try on. It fits perfectly, and the magical thing about imaginary hats is their versatility - they can change to whatever you want, whenever you choose. There's a cake hat, for example, and wonderful picture of a giantic peacock hat. And then Milies realizes everyone could have a hat like this and the illustration looks like a child-fantasy Ascot. Brilliant! And if you like this understated yet touching tale, you'll also be inspired by David Lucas's Halibut Jackson.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SImple Tale, Wonderful Book 2 May 2010
I bought this for my 5 year old and the whole family loves it. Millie is a little girl who wants a hat she can't afford. The shopkeeper "gives" her an imaginary hat which is whatever she wants it to be. As she walks around the city, she sees other people wearing hats - as wild as their imaginations. Brilliant story for the illustrations, which are gorgeous, and for stimulating your child's own imagination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have 28 April 2013
By Heardz
Me my son & two nieces sat down in a library and read this one together. Shortly after I was in the book store buying 3 copies. This book really brings their imagination alive. For days we were wearing/swapping our imaginary hats. Still stands very proudly on their shelves today
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