Written with a traditional rhyming scheme that gives the story a bouncy, vibrant feel. Adorable illustrations and a good moral message to boot!
— From Hats Are Not For Cats
Are hats for cats? A big, bossy dog and a determined cat disagree. This funny rhyming romp—with a large cast of cats and hats—leads readers to the perfect conclusion: hats are for everyone!
A big, severe, plaid-hat-wearing dog insists that the small black cat in the red fez shouldn't be wearing a hat—any kind of hat—because hats are for dogs. His patronizing tirade doesn’t convince this cat, however. Defiantly, she wears an assortment of hats, described in the gleeful rhyming text, and brings in other cats to join the protest. The silliness of both text and pictures offers a cheerful take on bossiness and managing conflict, with a win-win resolution.
About the Author
Jacqueline K. Rayner was born in Australia. She has a B.A. in fine art and worked for many years as a graphic designer before turning to books and receiving a master's degree in children's book illustration from the Cambridge School of Art. Currently she lives and works in London. Visit her online at jacquelineraynerillustration.com.
★ "Rayner's inclusive celebration of chapeaux is a delightful debut."—Kirkus, STARRED review
"[T]he text is lively and energetic as the dog becomes increasingly bothered, while the silent cat bounces through the pages with exuberant defiance."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books