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The Pink Hat

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  545 ratings  ·  134 reviews
Celebrate the 2017 Women's March with this charming and empowering picture book about a pink hat and the budding feminist who finds it.

Here is a clever story that follows the journey of a pink hat that is swiped out of a knitting basket by a pesky kitten, blown into a tree by a strong wind, and used as a cozy blanket for a new baby, then finally makes its way onto the head
Published 2018 by Random House/Schwartz & Wade
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Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
I'm a librarian and I loved the concept of this book as I read the description. The illustrations are gorgeous and feature diverse characters in the background with a quirky black, white, and pink aesthetic.

The story however, is bland. A pink hat is crocheted, it is accidentally dropped out the window by a cat, gets picked up by a baby, gets stolen by a dog, gets found by a little girl who washes it, AND THEN OH MAN SHE STEPS OUTSIDE AND THERE'S THE WOMEN'S MARCH. THE END. THAT'S IT.

If Andrew J
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
The illustrations in this book are excellent, but the writing is off. The hat means nothing until the last two pages, which makes no sense for a book with this message. If you are going to be political, be wholly political. The beautiful message of feminism and rights is something that should be championed; not hidden in the last two pages of a book.
Laura Harrison
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely charming picture book that does not hit you over the head with a message. Exceptional.
Natalie (Natflix&Books)
A very cute book about a pink ("pussy") hat that finds its way into the hands of a young girl, who in turn finds her way to the Women's March. The story is very simple, and not at all preachy. If I had a young girl, I would definitely read this to her.
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: girl-power
The author shows us the trail of a pink hat, from its conception on a pair of knitting needles to its participation in the Woman's March. Though I kind of wish the book had been more about the March, and less about the hat, I will celebrate the fact that there is a kid's book on the subject at all.


Brona's Books
Joyner is an Australian author and illustrator who has hit the mark with this lovely story about a pink hat and feminism.

The black, white & pink illustrations take us on a fun journey as the pink hat warms toes, gets chased by cats and dogs, gets stuck in a tree, squeezed by a baby until it finds a safe home with a young girl...about to head off on a very special march.

This is a picture book for younger readers, so there's not a lot of detail about why pink hats were a thing for International Da
Jennifer Brinkmeyer
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Got excited by the cover, and the art is really cool. The problem was that the hat was just a hat that she happened to own when it was time to protest--removing any intentionality from the gesture. It also doesn't have much plot. The hat gets stolen/traded a bunch of times then it goes to the protest on the girls head. I think if there would've been a little more subtext (how the hat was inspiring each person it encountered instead of just being stolen by dogs and squirrels), I would've like it ...more
Stacy Fetters
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sneaky-librarian
A neat way to get kids informed about Women’s rights and a friendlier way to share the meaning behind the pink hat.

Even though, the meaning didn’t hit until the last few pages, it was still a touching read. I think you have to find the deeper meaning between each journey the hat takes, especially when the cat (😉) plays with this pink hat.

The future is feminist!
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Australian author/artist Andrew Joyner follows the journey of a pink hat in this picture-book tribute to the Women's March of 2017. Knit into existence by a little old lady, the hat's journey begins when it is grabbed by a cat. Passing along through the hands of a variety of owners and users, whether human or animal, the hat eventually ends up in the possession of a little girl who, happening to wear it out the door one day, finds herself in an immense crowd of marchers also wearing pink hats... ...more
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and was glad to find it wasn’t preachy or explanatory, but just a fun way of telling how a pink hat changed the year of 2017 and empowered women and men all over the world.
Nancy Kotkin
The journey of a pink "pussy" hat that changes hands several times, as objects often do, until the young wearer finds her way to the Women's March at the end. I wish the significance of the hat were woven more into the story line, prior to the last two page spreads. Still, this picture book is a great conversation starter regarding feminism and women's rights, a topic that both male and female children need to learn about and discuss. The black, white, and pink illustrations are charming and mak ...more
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, america
We went to BookBar for Drag Queen storytime and this was my fav of the books read. Maddie and I read it together after as well. This is going to be a great way to teach about the Women’s March in the future.
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidlit
A clever look at the many uses for a pink hat, along with a quick look at the historic Women’s March.
I love the idea of a picture book celebrating the Women's March in 2017, but I would have liked a bit more background to why the women were marching. Yes, there is a short note on the copyright page, but the book might have had more impact with a couple of pages dedicated to women's rights. As it is, it seems to be more a story about a pink hat that is knitted by a middle age woman and finds its way into the hands of a young girl. Each page in the book is devoted to the places the hat lands and ...more

First sentence: First there wasn't a hat. Then...there was. It was a pink hat. A cozy pink hat. That is, until...a cat grabbed the hat. It was a fun hat. A fun pink hat. That is, until....

Premise/plot: "Pink hat" begins its life, if you will, as a bit of yarn in the hands of a woman. In the course of the book, it has several different owners and MANY purposes. But one day this oh-so-practical hat, this often-worn, well-beloved hat takes part in something special--the 2017 Women's March--when the
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: girl-power
The Pink Hat is a lovely read in my opinion. A perfect opening to when you want to discuss matters like,
women's rights,
equal rights for all,
& the Women's March
with your children/students/children in your care.
The book has black and white illustrations with the exception of the appearance of the iconic hat. A hat that gets lost plenty of times, with each owner using it for a different purpose. The hat finally lands in the hands of a little girl. The little girl uses it for multi
Dimity Powell
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-lit
Enjoyable. Joyner's illustrations can not be faulted. A commendable story topic that will appeal to older readers however the narrative, as beguiling as it may be, is more suited to reading aloud to a younger audience. That said, it will find purchase with those fashion conscience pre-schoolers to whom self adornment is paramount to self-expression.
Christie Angleton
I honestly can’t decide how I feel about this book.
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wanted to love this book because the illustrations are really nice. In fact I give the illustrations a 3 star rating but I found the book disappointing overall.
Will be it age well?
Maria Rowe
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the illustrations, and actually spent more time reading about the app it was created it with than this actual book. According to the colophon, all of the illustrations were created in an iPad app called ProCreate. I’ve seen other books that were rendered on a tablet, but this is the first time I’ve seen it done well. I never would have guessed this whole book was created on a APP on a TABLET! Wow.

Ok, so I loved the art and thought it was pretty amazing it was all done on an app.
Sophie Morse
Jan 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book is written from the viewpoint of a privileged, white, cis gender Australian man who uses this story to uplift the visible symbol of the global march for women's rights that arose out Donald Trump's campaign, election, and inauguration in the United States.

This is problematic on several levels, first and foremost being that the author cannot possibly have experienced any of the humiliation, violation and overall oppression that women continue to experience and that the march was motivat
Mar 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 0-7
First of all, seriously, a book about the Women's March WRITTEN BY A MAN? Oh, Publishing Industry, will you ever learn?

Beyond that (if you're able), the artwork is solid. Black and white line drawings with the pop of riot pink appearing throughout. But the story is bland. For a book ostensibly about a political movement, it barely tries to convey a political message--the politics of the hat don't appear until the last two pages. It feels more sartorial than political. Oh, lucky her, the little g
Sandy Brehl
I was surprised at what an appealing, creative story the author created for pink hat, and about how many ways there were for pink hat to meet needs, inspire clever uses, and extend into the community.
I would have preferred that the concluding pages (referring to the Women's March in January 2017, including pink hats) had been separated from the story itself. It could have been added to the back matter, in which the march was simply described, including the role of the pink hat symbolism. Allowi
M. Lauritano
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
This reads like a story about a hat, that got edited in the aftermath of the women’s march in order to sell more books. I was hoping the march would be the main substance of the narrative and I was let down.
Anastasia Alexandra
The woman's march is not mentioned at all until the last page. There is nothing about its significance or importance.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
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You know a book is fairly special when there are themes of solidarity and equality, where men stand up for the rights of women, where a little girl marches with millions of other women for their future.

If you didn’t know this book was about women’s rights then you simply wouldn’t know until the very last page, up until then it is simply a book about a pink hat. The Author\Illustrator Andrew Joyner, has successfully put together a book that childr
Baby Bookworm
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: our-reviews

This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily!

Hello, friends! Our book today is The Pink Hat by Andrew Joyner, a look at the many lives of a very special accessory.

An older woman takes some bright pink yarn and knits a hat. It’s warm, cozy, and the woman uses it for several things. But as she is napping one day, her cat nabs the hat, wresting and pouncing with it until – oops! – it falls out a window into a tree. Three young children spot
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Pink Hat written by Andrew Joyner is a simple story with an amazing message. The issues raised in this story are huge and it has done in the simplest of ways – which I love to see in a picture book.

Andrew Joyner came up with the idea of The Pink Hat after the Women’s March took place on the 21st January, 2017. This march was taken up all around the world and it gave the world a message – women’s rights are human rights too.

We loved reading this story, following the hat and seeing all the dif
Claire Williams
I chose this book becuase it is extremely relevent and it reflects very recent events in women's history and women's rights. I also chose it because I enjoyed the illustrations and the overall aesthetic of the visuals, cover design, etc. I rated this book as a three out of five stars for a few different reasons. When I am reading a children's book, as an adult, I like to read the book from the perspective of a child's view. I think it is important to have that type of approach when reveiwing chi ...more
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Andrew Joyner is an internationally published illustrator and author. His popular books include The Terrible Plop, written by Ursula Dubosarsky. He lives in South Australia

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