Brimsby's Hatsby Andrew Prahin Published 31 Dec 2013
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers|
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A lonely hat maker uses quirky creativity to make friends in this delightful picture book that will charm readers young and old.
Brimsby is a happy hat maker—until his best friend goes off to find adventure at sea. Now Brimsby is a lonely hat maker, unsure of what to do. But since making hats is what he does best, perhaps his talents can help him find some friends…
Filled with whimsy and wonder, Brimsby’s Hats is a celebration of creativity and friendship.
"Brimsby's Hats" Reviews
I gave Brimsby's Hats 5 stars because I feel an extremely powerful connection with the book. I'm not sure if this is because the themes of friendship, empathy and proactivity that run through its pages resonate strongly with me, or if it's because I created the book.
In my opinion, you should purchase multiple copies of Brimsby's Hats.
For a children's story, this is a marvelously nuanced tale of friendship and helping out others unconditionally, a lesson I submit we could all use time and again in our lives. I had a wonderful time sharing this with my two boys who are 2 and 4 as my 4-year old was captivated by the story and the illustrations. Brimsby and his home are wonderfully drawn as welcoming and full of warmth, an illustrative metaphor for his personality we gather in this short tale. Author Andrew Prahin makes a gentle snow angel of a book for his first foray into children's lit. 'Tis the season for a cozy, wintry book of love, something else we could all use a little more of.
Brimsby was a hat maker and he had a quiet life. He had a best friend and they had wonderful conversations together over a marvelous cup of tea. But then his friend decided that he wanted to be a ship captain and left for the sea. Brimsby’s life changed suddenly and he was all alone. He set out on a walk when he was feeling particularly lonely and came upon a tree full of birds trying to remove snow from their nests and keep warm. Brimsby thought they would make marvelous friends, but the birds were too busy working to talk with him. Brimsby headed back home after dark all alone and sat in his dark home and thought. Can a lonely hat maker figure out how to make new friends?
This story has such a complete feel to it. Unlike other stories about friendship that can become trite, this one has nuance and balance. Prahin creates a central character who is believable and understandable. He also builds the book around a universal theme. Then he takes a different approach to the solution of finding new friends that is completely surprising and satisfying.
His art is equally pleasing with its rich colors playing against pastels. There is a lightness to the illustrations and also a great quirky feel to them that matches the story well. He uses perspectives and dark and light to reveal just how lonely Brimsby becomes after his friend leaves.
A thoughtful and creative look at friendship that is entirely exceptional and perfect for a wintry day. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
A charming story of friendship and unconditional kindness, with equally charming illustrations.
When Mr. Brimsby's only friend leaves to become a sea captain, Brimsby gets lonely, and sets out to make new friends. It's a deceptively simple story, and it's Brimsby's compassion, proactive kindness, and patience that makes it work. The illustrations make you pour over them, savoring details, and the story is full of warmth (without preachiness). Kids will be charmed and parents will love the lesson they're passing along.
Wow! It's a little, quiet story, and yet filled with delight and the satisfaction of a perfectly rounded story arc. Also perfectly rounded clouds, tails, teacups, and bowler hats. A little milliner with his sleeves rolled up who reminds me of Bob Hoskins if Bob Hoskins were kind of quiet and a beaver. A palette of off-browns, warm grays, dusty blues, a sweet pink and a couple of really delicious olives. Brilliant composition. Solid line weight. Everything about this book is marvelous to me.
I really loved this book. Delightful and deceptively simple illustrations combined with a story with the same qualities make this a perfect little book. The digital illustrations are warm and cozy and perfectly fit the story. I love the Brimsby is only lonely for a little bit before he solves his problem. You have to be a good friend to have good friends. I hope to Brimsby and pals in a future book.