The Queen's Hat

The Queen's Hat

Book - 2014
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From Steve Antony, the author and illustrator of PLEASE, MR. PANDA and BETTY GOES BANANAS!

A sudden gust of wind sets off a marvelous adventure for the Queen, lots of Queen's men, and one very special hat. Just where will that hat land? Following a hysterical, epic hat chase, the Queen is reunited with her hat -- and the royal baby!

Young children will love the search-and-find fun of the story, the hysterical mayhem that breaks loose, and Steve Antony's winning art style. THE QUEEN'S HAT shows some of London's most famous sites, and back matter explains their significance.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, c2014
ISBN: 9780545835565
Branch Call Number: E ANT
Characteristics: [32] p. :,col. ill. ;,28 cm


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Gina_Vee Feb 09, 2019

Tiny foot guards all over London with the queen (and their little dog, too). Cute book featuring some of Great Britain's most iconic architecture.

Mar 22, 2018

This book is delightful but, I love The Queen's Handbag more. There is something so fun and ridiculous seeing the Queen of England chasing after her hat (or handbag) with police in per suite.

ArapahoeLesley Feb 08, 2018

So many wee Foot Guards!

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Sep 01, 2015

This is a totally charming picture book, perfect for any Anglophile. There's not much to the plot--the Queen's hat blows off, and she and her guards chase it around to a variety of London landmarks--but the illustrations are lovely, and the entire finished product is just very fun.

forbesrachel May 28, 2015

The Queen and her men take an unexpected tour of London when the wind sweeps the Queen's hat off her head. With each page introduced, more of the Queen's men cram into the frame, super serious in their silly pursuit. Higher and higher they travel, climaxing at the pinnacle of Big Ben, only to be thwarted once again by the playful wind. With its descent, so too do the numbers of men decrease, until finally, in a rather cute ending, the hat and her Majesty are right back where they started. Antony uses a simple palette of reds, blues, and blacks against a white background, not only because these are the Union Jack's colours, but because they focus our attention in a purposeful manner too. The blue of the Queen naturally pulls the eye to the right hand page on which she usually resides, thus making sure we follow the running motion of the guards in their iconic red uniforms. The lengths at which these men are willing to go are quite funny, and they certainly are dedicated. As readers we can infer a few things about British culture from the pictures alone, such as the conditions of a trip on the London Underground, there are a few fun references to note as well. It is worth taking a good look at each illustration for the little details, like the Queen's corgi, which add that extra layer of enjoyment. While the subject matter is the factor which makes us pick up this book, it is the behaviour of the Queen, and the contrast between the attitude of her men and their actions that makes this such an amusing and charming read.

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