The Queen's Hat by Steve Antony

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Winner of Oscar’s First Book Prize 2015 & Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Illustrated Book 2015 From a debut author-illustrator comes an hilarious tale that takes you all around London!

On winning Oscar's First Book Prize Steve Antony said “Being shortlisted alongside such talented writers and illustrators was an honour, but to have won this very special prize is very moving.”


The Queen's Hat by Steve Antony

With a Jon Klassen appeal, Steve Antony, a debut author-illustrator, is the one to watch. A sudden gust of wind sets off a marvellous London adventure for the Queen, the Queen's men and one very special hat. So let's follow one determined, daredevil queen through the zoo, over Tower Bridge and up Big Ben...just where will that hat land? A witty and stylish celebration of London, the Queen and the royal family's new baby. And with a celebratory sparkly red foiled cover.


A certain future classic, and without a doubt my absolute new favourite picture book. LiteraryLoves

The joy of this books is in the detail... each stylish spread contains lots to look and laugh at. Beautifully depicts our traditions and our relationship with the Royal Family... brilliant. Rhino Reads I absolutely adored this book... perfectly executed with style and grace... captures London perfectly. This is a story for all generations and a brilliant, British book to boot. It's almost beyond words... every British household needs a copy, whether or not you're George's, William's or Charles's generation. * * * * * Bookbag

An awesome adventure. A wonderful romp of a read that's a great introduction to London, royalty and all that makes Britain great. The Sun

Hilarious... chuckles aplenty with every turn of the page... wonderful illustrations... if this debut is anything to go by, Steve Antony's creative talent is one to follow with interest. * * * * Books for Keeps

Sweet simplicity and charming monochromatic drawings. The Times

A timely picture-book treasure... exuberant illustrations. It's the best guide to London since Ludwig Bemelmans's Madeline in London, too. -Amanda Craig The Oldie

About the Author

Steve Antony is a highly talented and versatile author-illustrator. He has had a passion for storytelling from an early age, but it was the MA in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge that really enabled him to channel this passion. Since embarking on the MA course, he has enjoyed creating picture books on a range of subjects from the Queen's hat to a war between rectangles and lizards! He aims to create picture books that are slightly 'off the wall', books that children will laugh at and adults will tweet about, but most of all, books that he enjoys.

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32 pages
Interest Age: To 5


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Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

2nd October 2014




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