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Grumpy Hat

Written by Nicola Kent

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Grumpy Hat Review

Books for Babies and Toddlers Books of the Month Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 3+ readers Star Books Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

A gorgeously illustrated exploration of feelings all little children will recognise but struggle to put into words

August 2021 Book of the Month

Perfectly pitched, gorgeously illustrated and told simply but with sophistication, this is a must-have picture book. Ravi is cross with his little sister Ruby and breaks her toy car, ‘So no-one went to bed feeling happy.’ He wakes up in the morning to find he’s wearing a Grumpy Hat. Red and uncomfortable looking, it is ‘as itchy as a spider’s dance class’. Dad is wonderfully patient and has lots of practical suggestions, but nothing works and soon the Grumpy Hat is turning into a Sad Hat. When hope seems to be vanishing altogether and Ravi is completely buried by the hat, just his little feet visible at the brim, he has an idea. He says sorry to Ruby and they start to play together again. The Red Hat disappears and suddenly Ravi is wearing a ‘very fine pair of Happy Socks’. It’s a superb exploration of feelings, articulated in a way that even the very young will understand; a book to evoke the strongest feelings of recognition in child and adult reader, and full of humour too. 


Eva Eland’s Klaus Flugge Prize winner When Sadness Comes to Call and the follow up Where Happiness Begins also examine feelings little children will recognise but struggle to put into words, and Tom Percival’s Big Bright Feelings series of picture books will similarly prompt lots of conversations and understanding.


Andrea Reece

Grumpy Hat Synopsis

Everyone knows that little sisters can be an-noy-ing! So when Ravi gets annoyed with Ruby and breaks her toy car in a rage, everyone goes to bed upset. Ravi wakes up the next morning with a bright red grumpy hat stuck fast on his head! And he can't get rid of it, no matter how hard he tries...

Ravi learns how to swap his grumpy hat for happy socks in this uplifting story about siblings, family life and controlling bad moods.

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ISBN: 9781839130366
Publication date: 05/08/2021
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781839130366
Publication date: 5th August 2021
Author: Nicola Kent
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Personal Social Health Economic
Recommendations: Books of the Month, Star Books
Collections: Best Children's Books of 2021,

About Nicola Kent

Nicola Kent graduated from the prestigious Cambridge School of Art MA with a distinction and was Highly Commended in the Macmillan Prize for Illustration in 2016. She worked for ten years as a television producer at the BBC and Channel 4 before following her dream of becoming an author and illustrator of children's books. Nicola lives in London with her partner and two children.

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