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The Hat

4.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  15,989 Ratings  ·  249 Reviews
In Jan Brett's well-loved book, The Hat, Hedgie the hedgehog discovers the wisdom of the adage "Don't go poking your nose where it doesn't belong" only after curiosity gets this prickly fellow in a pickle. When Lisa's red-and-white woolen stocking blows off the clothesline, Hedgie finds it and sticks his nose inside, only to discover his prickles prevent him from pulling o ...more
32 pages
Published 1998 by Macdonald Young (first published September 29th 1997)
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Sarah Sammis
Jun 09, 2007 Sarah Sammis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pc
The Hat is a cute story about embarrassment, friendship and popularity. As with Bringing Down the Moon, the main characters are animals. In this one the protagonist is a hedgehog who wants nothing more than to get a stocking off his back before all his friends think he's stupid for wearing such a ridiculous "hat."

Meanwhile, all his friends, having seen his hat on such a cold winter's day see the wisdom of keeping warm and decide to pinch clothing from the woman's laundry line where she had hung
Dec 28, 2013 Janice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Little girl takes her woolen clothes out of storage and puts them on a clothesline to air out for the winter. One of the pieces gets blown away and discovered by a curious hedgehog. He accidentally winds up wearing it. The other animals tease him, but he wears it so proudly that once the little girl catches up to him and takes it back that she now has to chase down the rest of her wardrobe on other farm animals.

The drawings are beautiful. The borders add to the story. It is just a playful romp
Sep 08, 2015 Vivian rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Our two performers enjoyed sharing this book to pre-schoolers at library story time. One was the hedgehog and the other was all the other animals.

Here's a link if you'd like a hedgehog paperdoll:

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McCall Donnelly
Mar 27, 2015 McCall Donnelly rated it it was amazing
The Hat is about a silly hedgehog who wears a young girls sock as a hat. As every other animal laughs at him for wearing it, Hedgie simply explains he will be warmer with it. All the animals agree and decide to find their own hats to keep them warm. Before he knows it the little girl is seeking Hedgie out to get her sock back, when she finally reaches him she says "Animals don't wear clothes". By then all of her clothes have been borrowed by the other animals trying to stay warm. Hedgie is the o ...more
Lindsay Fischer
Sep 05, 2014 Lindsay Fischer rated it it was amazing
The story begins during winter and shows a girl, Lisa, gathering her snow clothes. Whilst hanging them on a clothesline, one of her stockings falls onto the head of a hedgehog named Hedgie. Unable to remove the new ‘hat’, Hedgie continues to roam around the farm. All the animals laugh at his new fashion, but eventually see how practical a hat could be in the cold conditions. Lisa comes back outside to see Hedgie wearing her stocking and as she goes to hang it back up she sees all the animals we ...more
Ashli Stroyan
Jan Brett’s books are always very distinguishable by her art work and the format in which she writes and illustrates her books. The large main picture in the center is the focus of the story, while borders on the side and top show you what is happening in other parts of the story and what will happen next. The story begins when Lisa takes her winter clothing out to hang on the clothesline. When the wind blows one of her socks off the line, Hedgie, the hedgehog finds it and sticks his nose in. Th ...more
Kacie Blakley
Dec 01, 2014 Kacie Blakley rated it it was amazing
Hedgie the Hedgehog is wandering around when he stumbles on Lisa's stocking that fell off the clothesline. Unfortunately, this stocking gets stuck on Hedgie's head and he cannot get it to come off! All the other animals make fun of him because they think he looks silly with clothes hanging off his head. In the end, Lisa finds Hedgie with her stocking and saves him from further embarrassment. But as she turns around the rest of her clothes are gone!
This adorable story has such a fun twist and wo
Jan 06, 2015 Angie rated it liked it
Synopsis: "In Jan Brett's well-loved book, The Hat, Hedgie the hedgehog discovers the wisdom of the adage "Don't go poking your nose where it doesn't belong" only after curiosity gets this prickly fellow in a pickle. When Lisa's red-and-white woolen stocking blows off the clothesline, Hedgie finds it and sticks his nose inside, only to discover his prickles prevent him from pulling out of it. Soon all the farm animals are coming around to chuckle at silly Hedgie's stocking cap. But in the end, n ...more
Dec 10, 2015 Nadine rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
The Hat is a very cute story and Jan Brett's illustrations are my favorite. I love the way she includes borders and inside the borders, there will be a sneak peak into the next page. Even when I was younger, I remember reading all of her gingerbread books and could look at the illustrations on each page for forever because they are so intricate. In a classroom, The Hat would be a great one to incorporate in a lesson plan around the winter holidays. It was also be fun to introduce the students to ...more
Jenny Yeager
Dec 02, 2015 Jenny Yeager rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edrd-314
This is an excellent book because the illustrations bring the story to life. I love how each page has a very unique and intricate border. These borders explain what is going to happen next. It is fun to read this book to kids because they catch on to the pattern very quickly and are intrigued about what will happen next. Also, I like how so many animals are portrayed in this book because many children love books about animals. This book could lead to a great discussion about what a prediction is ...more
Hallie Adkins
Dec 09, 2015 Hallie Adkins rated it liked it
In Jan Brett’s book, The Hat, Hedgie the hedgehog curiously sticks his nose into somewhere it shouldn’t belong and gets himself into a pickle. When little Lisa’s red and white mitten sock blows off her clothesline, Hedgie finds it and crawls inside, only to realize that his prickles get stuck and he can’t get out of the stocking! Soon, all the animals around the farm come around to laugh at Hedgie’s new stocking cap. However, in the end, Hedgie ends up getting the last laugh.

Jan Brett's illustra
Dec 20, 2014 Alexandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is adorable and it's actually based on a real hedgehog who gets a slipper sock caught on it's head. I can't take it. THE CUTENESS.
Hedgie accidentally gets a stocking caught on the prickles on his head and he plays it off like it's his new hat. ADORABLE.
This tale is all about how you can become a fashion icon if you have the right amount of confidence. Hehe
What an insanely adorable story. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love Jan Brett's books. And she actually went on a
Tabatha Weaver
Sep 09, 2015 Tabatha Weaver rated it it was amazing
The Hat is a very cute story with beautiful pictures. This book is about a hedge hog who was where he wasn't suppose to be but got a sock stuck on his head. His friends made fun of him but in the end they went along with him wearing the little girls clothes. My rating is 5 stars because of the message of the story and the beautiful art work throughout the book. I also really enjoy on each page there is a picture of the previous and next animal. This book teaches children its ok to be different b ...more
I read this some time ago. Can't remember when. Loved the illustrations and extras of the story being shown in the side illustrations. It took forever to finally work it into a storytime.

1/28/15 Used in my Forest Adventures theme. I kept their attention by having them give me the animal sounds of each new animal on the page. It worked. I felt a little less in control with this book, but I think that was because of younger siblings who needed to be calmed but were still in the room. It raised th
Rosa Cline
Mar 07, 2014 Rosa Cline rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, winter
The illustrations on Jan Brett's book are always wonderful. Always a center picture and somewhere whether it be in the corners or off to the side another 'story' taking place on each page. Wonderful!

A little girl hangs her woolen clothes out to air out from being in storage. Hedgehog finds one of them and wears it as a hat 'by accident' the other animals thing he's silly BUT they all know he's going to be warm when the cold comes. In the end of the book the reader-listener will get a giggle out
Jun 03, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
The Hat by Jan Brett tells about Hedgie the Hedgehog who convinces the other barnyard animals that the woolen sock that gets stuck on his prickles is actually a warm hat that every animal should wear on its head to keep warm during winter. The accident that makes Hedgie a fashion trend setter occurs after Lisa has put her wool clothes on the clothesline to air out and a sock blows off & onto Hedgie.

The text focuses on how hard Hedgie tries to act like he has planned to wear the mitten, when
Tiffany Jolly
Folktale Collection
The Hat
Fiction: children’s folktale Friendship, animals
Brett, Jan. The Hat. Illus by Joseph Hearne. Scholastic Inc, 1997, unp, primary.
In the Hat, Hedgy the hedgehog wore a sock he found on a clothes line as a hat and all of the animals laughed at him, but by the end of the story they were all wearing some sort of clothing that Lisa hung on her clothes line as a hat. The majority of the text is from a third person’s point of view through a narrator, but often times it is in t
Kelly Roberts
Dec 03, 2012 Kelly Roberts rated it it was amazing

In this picture book, as a Scandinavian girl had her woolens hanging out to dry in the wintertime, a red and white sock fell off the clothesline onto the ground. Hedgie, a very curious hedgehog, desires to investigate the strange item. While Hedgie is snooping, the sock becomes stuck on his prickles and it looks as though he is wearing a hat. When the other animals come by, they make jokes about him. Hedige suggests that the item on his head is protection from the snow.

Jan Brett ends the book w
Oct 02, 2010 Carol rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Year Published: 1997
Grade Level: Grades 1-4

Jan Brett always has such beautiful illustrations with her stories. In this book Lisa hangs out her woolen clothes on the line to freshen them up. The hedgehog finds one and it gets stuck on him and as he goes around to the other animals he does not want to show is embarrassment at having this stocking on his head. He tells them that when it is cold outside you should wear something on your head and one by one they go off taking another piece of woolen
Ashley Field
Nov 26, 2013 Ashley Field rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
The Hat is a funny story about a stocking getting stuck on Hedgie the hedgehogs head. He is very flustered while trying to get it off and having everyone mock him. As each person teases him he stays positive and makes a comeback, such as, “But my ears will be warm in a snowstorm.” The postively thinking hedgehog finally has the stocking removed from his head as the young girl, Lisa, chases after him for her stocking. When she returns to her clothesline she finds all of her clothes missing. The c ...more
Alison Durbin
Apr 11, 2015 Alison Durbin rated it it was amazing
I loved this book because of its funny twist at the end. I think children would like this book because it allows them to predict what is going to happen. I did not realize it until later in the book, but the clothes on the clothesline were being plucked one by one; the children could predict what they think is happening to the clothes. I should have known to look at ALL of Brett's illustrations. I will definitely be purchasing this book for my classroom.
Aug 01, 2010 Connie rated it really liked it
I don't like this book as much as The Mitten, but it's cute in its own right.

Hedgie - maybe the same Hedgie as Hedgie's Surprise, which means this is a sequel to THAT book and not to The Mitten - spends the book running around with a sock on his head after an accident. When the other animals point out how silly this is, poor Hedgie tries to defend his "choice". (Hm. You don't know anybody who does THAT, do you, defend their little accidents like they meant to do that?)

At this point, the humor is
Jill Wolf
Mar 26, 2016 Jill Wolf rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Picture Book #9
This book is about a girl named Lisa hanging out her wool clothes on the line right before a winter storm. One of her socks flies off the line and Hedgie ends up getting his prickles stuck on the stocking. All the other animals were teasing him about his "hat." Lisa finally ends up getting the sock back, but when she gets back to the line, all of her other clothes are off the line and on the other animals. Hedgie laughs because the joke is now on all of the other animals.
Jan 25, 2014 Jaimie rated it it was amazing
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I really liked watching the articles of clothing disappear from the clothes line at the top of the page, then I noticed that the side panel pictures foreshadowed what happened on the next page. This book would be great for making predictions. After Hedgie talked to a few of the other animals, I would ask the students how he feels. I would read this if I noticed bullying in my classroom, especially if it was related to clothing.

Interest Level
Grades K - 2
Haydee Romero
The Hat is a story of a lost stocking that turns into a fashionable hat. A fashionable hat that inspires all of the animals to find a new outfit. The Hat has amazing illustrations! The illustrations tell a story on their own and even foreshadow the main story. I would use The Hat to teach students the meaning illustrations can add to a story. The Hat can also be used in younger grades to teach sequencing.
Courtney Watson
Nov 19, 2014 Courtney Watson rated it it was amazing
Jan Brett always has some great stories for beginning readers. The pictures force you to look in detail, especially the work of his borders are an obvious second look. I have always loved this book, and I enjoy his other stories as well such as The Mitten. She is quite famous for her work on the borders for every page in the story, either showing foreshadowing or more detail in the text.
Ruth Ann
Apr 18, 2015 Ruth Ann rated it it was amazing
Silly hedgehog got a beautiful winter sock stuck on his head - and could not get it off! He makes the best of it, by calling it a hat and telling his friends how warm and cozy his head and ears will be in the cold, snowy winter.

His friends decide to raid Lisa's clothesline for other warm woolen pieces to keep themselves warm. Lisa has a lot animals to chase!
Apr 15, 2015 Jill rated it it was amazing
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Feb 23, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing
This is a great book by a great author/illustrator. Jan Brett does an amazing job at foreshadowing what is to come. Not being familiar with Jan Brett until this book, I now have heard of several books from her. The book helps young readers learn how to predict. The images in the story are so crucial and would not do the book justice without the pictures.
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With over thirty three million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.
As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I reme
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