VERY GOOD HATS, is a very good book.

Not all my friends are picture book fanatics. But one of them is and it’s so fun when we find book love in common and mention it in casual conversation. I was grateful when she reminded me of VERY GOOD HATS the other day so that I could post about this very good book written by Emma Straub and illustrated by Blanca Gómez.

What is a hat? You might believe that it’s a thing you buy at a hat store and wear on your head, but there are a lot of things that can be hats.

With that introduction, Emma Straub and Blanca Gómez introduce us to a plethora of things that can be hats.

Funny things like cats, chewed-up gum, and tortellini.

Did you know that grandparents usually have the best hats?

And if you are in an airplane, then a cloud might be your hat!

I adore this whimsical and witty romp through creativity and imagination. Thinking outside the box, or, hat, so to speak. Coming up with innovative ways to use something, or to see something, or to define something is creativity thinking.

I’m certain kids will have an absolute blast coming up with their own hatty inventions. I’d love to hear them!

Jennifer Black Reinhardt

Jennifer is the illustrator and author of several acclaimed picture books. Most recently is Always by My Side, 'A Stuffie Story', which she wrote and illustrated. She also is both the author and illustrator of Playing Possum, and Blue Ethel. Jennifer illustrated Gondra’s Treasure, written by Newbery award winner Linda Sue Park. As well as, Sometimes You Fly, by Newbery medalist, Katherine Applegate. She illustrated Yaks Yak, Animal Word Pairs by Linda Sue Park, The Inventor's Secret, What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford, by Suzanne Slade, Rabbi Benjamin's Buttons, by Alice B. McGinty, and The Adventures of a South Pole Pig, by Chris Kurtz.


  1. A very good post about such a charming book! Thanks, for posting this, Jennifer. I love the way the author invites the reader’s imagination so playfully!

  2. Thank you, Tess! For visiting PBB, taking the time to comment, and for being my picture-book-loving friend! ❤️📚

  3. Jen, what a fun and imaginative book! Thank you for introducing it to me.

  4. Oh, i’m going to have to pick this up. I love the art with this concept. it fits perfectly and I’m sure kids love finding the differences in each spread/character/hat. Wonderfully done. Thank you for sharing. 👒🎩⛑️📚

  5. This looks like a clever and fun book. I can see matching it with A House Is A House For Me by Mary Ann Hoberman for some creative good times.

  6. Plus, that cover is so fresh and fun!

  7. Such a sweet book!…A lampshade or a colander could be a hat.

  8. Angie Quantrell

    Now that is fun! Thanks for the info!

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