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If You Have a Hat (2011): Simple and Engaging

Gerald Hawksley, If You Have a Hat (CreateSpace, 2011)


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Simple text + engaging illustrations = a hit with the kid.

I was originally going to give this one a straight middle-of-the-road review—the poetry is solid if uninspired, and there are a few places where the rhythm drops and/or the rhyme seems a little forced (“if you have some cheese, give it to a mouse/if you have a tree, make yourself a tree house”), but I was beguiled by the ending and the kid seems to enjoy it a great deal, so I’m kicking the rating up some. Not a bad little thing at all, and hey, if the kid likes it, that’s enough for me. *** ½

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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