Abracadabra, katakurico! Oh, goodness! Out pops a cat from Hattie’s magic hat. Can you guess what creature will appear from the magic hat next? Follow along as Hattie conjures up a parade of animals from her magic hat, and don’t miss the grand finale!
From renowned author and illustrator Satoshi Kitamura, this humorous story is a delightful choice for audience participation.
What I loved: This is a really simple book that would be good for early readers or children learning to read on their own. The repetitive words and brief phrases are ideal for these. The animals are fun, and it's great for guessing which animal will pop out next, with only a small piece showing on the first page where they make their entrance. It's quite an impressive trick!
What left me wanting more: The illustrations and text may be too simple for some readers, and there is not much plot. The animals just seem to start coming out with the magic words, but it's unclear what Hattie's goal is with the magic or where/why it starts and ends.
Final verdict: Overall, HAT TRICKS is a simple book with plenty of magic and animals that may be good for early readers, who will appreciate the repetitive and straight-forward text.