Millie's Marvellous Hat by Satoshi Kitamura

Millie's Marvellous Hat

Written by Satoshi Kitamura

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Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.
This gloriously imaginative story is all about the power of believing. Millie longs for a glorious hat but she hasn’t got any money. Cleverly, the kind man in the shop persuades her to imagine a wondrous and unusual hat which she carefully carries home. As she goes along, Millie thinks of all the amazing things her hat could look like and so ends up with the most fantastic creation imaginable. Satoshi Kitamura’s illustrations are a treat.

CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal SHORTLIST 2010: Judges’ comments

The strength of this impressive book, with its nice twist on the Emperor’s New Clothes story lies in the way that the illustrator visualises the little girl’s imagination in Kandinsky-esque explosions of colour. The hats are fabulous and the peacock breathtaking. A joyful and uplifting picture book.


Millie's Marvellous Hat by Satoshi Kitamura

Millie loves hats, but she has no money and she can't afford to buy any of the lovely hats in town. But the man in the hat shop has an idea. He produces a box containing a hat too fine and beautiful to behold, but with the most perfect shape and colour imaginable, if Millie dares to imagine it. Millie does dare, and soon she can not only see her own beautiful hat, but everyone else's hats as well.


Kitamura is one of the world's most original and stylish children's illustrators

Few artists are able to bring the creative force of imagination to life with such verve and vim as Satoshi Kitamura. Vibrant, colourful and pleasingly stylised, this is a wonderful life-affirming story told in an unsentimental style. Gently comedic, its overarching message regarding internal riches lends the book a fairytale feel. The Bookseller This book takes you on a sunny walk through streets, parks and interiors, and leads you to emphathise, to learn that you might affect other people's moods and to appreciate individuality. The
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About the Author

Satoshi Kitamura

Satoshi Kitamura was born in 1956 in Tokyo. He says that when he was young he read comics and admits that these have had a great influence on his style. He says he was also influenced by anything visual from a tin of sardines to the fine art of the East and the West. He was not trained as an artist, but at the age of 19 began to do commercial work. From 1976-1979 he worked as a commercial artist in Japan, working as an illustrator for adverts and magazines. He moved to London in 1979 and worked mainly at designing greeting cards. He started illustrating for Andersen Press in 1981 after he had an exhibition of his work at the Neal Street Gallery in Covent Garden.

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32 pages
Interest Age: To 5


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

29th April 2010




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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