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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  2,202 ratings  ·  311 reviews
Elephant wakes up grumpy—until ding, dong! What’s in the surprise box at the front door? A hat! HOORAY FOR HAT! Elephant marches off to show Zebra, but Zebra is having a grumpy day, too—until Elephant shares his new hat and cheers up his friend. Off they march to show Turtle! The parade continues as every animal brightens the day of a grumpy friend. An irresistible celebra ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Would I like it more if I had friends who would march in a hat parade with me? Maybe. But there are flaws, as a few other reviewers have pointed out. Too simple, too many male characters, and a weird definition of 'grumpy.' ...more
Michele Knott
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hooray for Hat! When you're grumpy, hats make you feel better! At least it did for these friends :) I loved the grumpy animal faces and how happy the hats made them. I also liked how the hats seemed to fit the personalities of each animal. I'm thinking I would have the hat with the cup and straw on it... filled with a strawberry margarita :) ...more
Apr 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Fun Picture-Books with a Sense of Visual Whimsy
Waking up one day in a very grumpy state, Elephant's mood is considerably improved by the arrival of a package containing some fun hats. Putting them on, he proceeds to his friend Zebra's, where he discovers that he isn't the only one who began his day feeling grumpy. Fortunately, he has head-wear to share, and improves not just Zebra's day, but that of Turtle and Owl as well. Lion proves more of a challenge, as he feels that he shouldn't be happy when his friend Giraffe is unwell, but the anima ...more
I do like the last line: "Hooray for friends!" It makes the little smile. I ask about the people in our lives and whether or not they are friends. In this time of distancing, it is good to focus on our friends and how they make life better. ...more
Matthew Winner
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Brian Won's debut picture book celebrates the power of small acts of kindness, when received or given out, to transform your mood and perspective on situations.

What starts out as a grumpy day for elephant quickly becomes reason to celebrate when an unexpected package is delivered to his front doorstep. Inside is the box is an assortment of colorful hats, all of which Elephant dons at once, one on top of the other. As Elephant cheers, "HOORAY FOR HAT!", the thought comes to mind that he should vi
First sentence: When Elephant woke up he was very grumpy. The doorbell rang. Elephant stomped down the stairs. "Go away! I'm Grumpy!"

Premise/plot: Elephant was very, very grumpy until the unwrapping of a present. The gift? A hat. But not just any hat! A super-super-crazy hat that goes a long, long way in lifting one's grumps! This Elephant learns throughout the book. Elephant first visits Zebra--who is GRUMPY--and then Turtle--who is GRUMPY--and then Owl--who is GRUMPY--and then Lion--who is GRU
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, storybook
Meh. It's a silly story.

I do not understand why all of the animals were so grumpy, except for lion. Lion said he was grumpy because he was thinking about giraffe,who was not doing well. Even then, however, would lion not be worried, or anxious or concerned, rather than grumpy? Serious? What was with all of the grumpiness?

I also did not understand why five of the six characters were male (giraffe's gender is not disclosed, but by that time in the book you sort of assume giraffe too is male). Omis
Dec 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Lovely illustrations, not very exciting. Moral of the story - wear a hat, you will find joy. Don't wear a hat, you will be grumpy for all your days unless you are gifting a hat to another grumpy friend. ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a fun way to encourage little ones to look for the positive things in each day.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was such a cute book! When you're having a grumpy day, a hat can cheer you right up. My four-year old daughter loved it. ...more
Diana U
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book stood out to me because of the vibrant colors and type of font that were used for the text. There is also different expressions within the text that you could demonstrate as you read the book. The book is about turning a grumpy day into a good day. It starts out by elephant waking up in a grumpy mood. He finds a gift outside his door which was a hat with multiple hats. After he puts it on he goes off to show his friend zebra who is having a grumpy day, but once elephant gives him one o ...more
Donna Mork
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: repeats
Cute book about a grumpy elephant who cheers up when a box appears and it is full of hats. He goes out and finds his friends. Each one is grumpy but feels better when he shares a hat. In the end they all go and cheer up the giraffe. Hooray for friends.
Amanda Kendall
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Super cute
Elephant is GRUMPY. But when a mysterious box of hats arrives on the porch, a happy chain reaction occurs! Will hats help *all* of Elephant's other crabby friends?

This was a fun one to read out loud for a hat-themed storytime! Everyone chimed in for the "Go away, I'm grumpy" and "HOORAY FOR HAT!" lines. The illustrations are cute and I liked how the image layout switched things up a couple times for some of the most pivotal moments.
May 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
It was sort of cute, but the whole thing was ruined by the fact that all of these animals are rude to each other. It's very nice of the animals to care for their friends, but the grumpy friend (which is all of them at one point)? Rude! It is not okay to just yell at people because you're grumpy, and you certainly shouldn't expect anybody to coddle you after that. And the repetition makes it clear this book is suited for very young children, but the social lesson it teaches is not a good one. ...more
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
With grumpy and happy voices this has been a huge hit for my almost two year old. Perfect for a younger audience who enjoys the simple bliss of making friends happy. Although my six year old who loves deep wordy books finds this just as funny. Maybe it's the way it's read or that her brother enjoys it so much. ...more
Arree Chung
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Elegant and delightful. A strong graphic style and quirky charming characters deliver a simple message about life- that friends make life better. The message is told in a light way without being heavy handed or preachy. Won's illustrations are deceptively simple, modern and bold. ...more
Shoshana G
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nice repetition. Bright and boldly differentiated illustrations.

I read this at story time and the pictures grabbed attention, and I read this at a day care and they enjoyed yelling "hooray for hat" at appropriate moments.
Edward Sullivan
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Nothing like a new hat to cheer you when you're down. A cheerful celebration of sharing and friendship. ...more
Dylan Teut
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic book that teaches readers it is good to receive, but it is even better to give.
Another fun book for the very young - grumpy animals cheer up with the arrival of a hat sharing elephant.
Why are they ALL grumpy?
Cute illustrations and attractive colors.
Jenny Fiero
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My Kinder and First Grade students delighted in both the compassionate story and whimsical drawings.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hats usually make me happy, so why wouldn’t this book do the same?
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Feeling grumpy? Get a hat!
Suzanne Kunz Williams
Feeling down? It's amazing how much better you feel when something new appears in your life and when you have friends around you who are showing you that they care about you.

** Talking Points: What do you do when you feel blue to feel good again? Who are some of your best friends? How have you helped to cheer someone up in the past?

** Essential Oil Pairing Tips: When you are feeling down doTERRA's Console essential oil blend is the perfect essential oil blend to diffuse or roll on. If you haven'
Brannan Griepentrog
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Picture Book
Hooray for Hat! By Brian Won is a picture book suitable for pre-kindergarten children. The story’s message is about friendship, sharing, and emotion. An Elephant wakes up in a bad mood but an unexpected package is delivered to the door. The surprise box contains a hat! This cheers Elephant up and inspires Elephant to share this new present with other animal friends. First Elephant shows his friend Zebra, who is also in a foul mood, and brightens Zebra’s grumpy day by sharing the hat.
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
So many questions. Why was everyone so grumpy? Who gave Elephant the box of hats in the first place? Was it Giraffe? Is that why Giraffe was so grumpy? He had to give all of these hats to Elephant to make Elephant happy, but that left none for Giraffe because the box was short a hat. Does this book have a Bootstrap Paradox?

This may or may not be a strangely deep and complex science fiction children’s book.
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Elephant is grumpy today but that all changes when a surprise present appears and soon he is parading around, giving hats to his grumpy friends and cheering them up too. Only, Lion doesn't feel that he can cheer up when Giraffe is sick so the friends devise a plan and soon Giraffe is feeling better too, with all the hats on his head!

This is a good book for a unit on clothing.

This is a good book for a unit on friends.

This is a good book for a unit on emotions.
Wonderful fun read-aloud for toddler and pre-school storytimes. The repetition of "Go away, I'm grumpy!" and "Hooray for hat!" are perfect, emotionally resonant for little ones and fun to shout as a group as the story progresses. The two times the book turns long-ways are also a fun change - try doing this in a room of storytime parents and wait for the "oohs" and "aahs." Great for themes of feelings, friendship, hats, presents, and wild animals. ...more
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Brian Won wore many hats as a busboy, shoe salesman, art store cashier, art director, and designer before he turned his talents to illustrating children's books.

A Chicago native, Brian graduated from California’s Art Center College of Design with an honorary ninth term before co-founding National Television, a design and animation company. Brian's awards include the Silver Medal by the Society of

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