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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  372 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Harbet likes his comfy knitted hat, but the others keep jeering at him - OLD HAT! OLD HAT! No matter what headwear he buys - be it a towering fruit platter hat, an old-boot-on-the-head hat or a brightly lit traffic cone hat, Harbet cannot keep up with the latest fashions. As soon as he gets a brand new hat it is already an . . . OLD HAT! It seems that Harbet will never fit ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 18th 2017 by Two Hoots Books
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Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
Another beautiful children’s book by the extremely talented author/illustrator Emily Gravett.

Poor Harbet isn’t having much luck with his hats. They go out of fashion very quickly and he can’t seem to keep up! Maybe he should set his own trend?

Old hat is a beautiful story with a lovely message for the kids to ponder. Should he stop mindlessly following others and take things into his own hands?

The colours and illustrations are just beautiful. Gravett truly is a rare talent!

It is also really cute
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Brenda
Harbet had had his knitted hat, which he was most comfortable with, for a long time. But fashion being what it was, his friends kept telling him it was an old hat. So he tried new hats – but whatever he bought it didn’t take long before it was an OLD HAT once again! But when he decided to go his own way, and not continue to try to please everyone else – that was more fun by far!

A delightful children’s tale which I think, conveys that it’s best not to worry about what everyone else thinks! Old Ha
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Ellie Labbett
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A gem of a book! Harbet wears a warm and colourful hat, a meaningful gift that was kindly knitted for him by his grandmother. Unfortunately, some rather unpleasant characters begin to jeer at Harbet for being unaware of the latest hat trends, spreading seeds of doubt and setting the nervous protagonist along a path of trying to fit in.
This is such a positive story, where confidently being yourself triumphs over peer pressure and superficiality. Gravett ultimately demonstrates that true friends
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Mehsi
I read this book in Dutch, but will be writing my review in English.

Meet Harbet, which miraculously is also his name in Dutch, he has a very very Comfy Knitted hat, but he finds out that peer pressure is a real thing when animals around him make fun of him for wearing it (no clue why they never bothered him until now, as it seems that Harbet has had that hat for years).

Yup. Poor Harbet loves his old hat so much, but he falls for peer pressure and then tries to keep up with fashion, sadly, throug
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Rachel
Harbet wants to part of the popular crowd, a clique which only accepts those with the newest hat. But try as he might, this stubby white dog just can't get ahead. He gets hat after hat too late, and gets laughed at for wearing something that was unfashionable now. This is how trends work nowadays. They change so quickly that it becomes impossible to keep up, especially for those in a lower income bracket. A person needs to put a lot of time and energy into staying up-to-date. Not to mention that ...more
Dimity Powell
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-lit
I'm not exactly sure what Harbet is but his alluring need to fit in and keep up with the Jones or in this case his trend-following friends who happen to be extinct species, is both hilarious and immediately recognisable. Dripping with dramatic irony, Old Hat highlights the beauty of being different and dancing to the beat of your own uniqueness. Highly recommended for children from three upwards.

Peacegal
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With the humor, originality, and gentle lessons of a Pixar short, OLD HAT cleverly demonstrates the futility of following fads. The illustrations are full of life and joy, and kids will giggling at the increasingly ridiculous hats. The final page is unexpected and priceless!
Deb
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-alena
This book made me happy.
Jesse
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was cute! Harbet tries to keep up with the trends, but is always behind. He throws in the towel and decides to do things his own way and starts a trend of his own.
Becky

First sentence: Harbet had a hat. His Nana had knitted it for him when he was little. It was warm and cozy, and it kept his ears toasty. It was an...OLD HAT!

Premise/plot: Does Harbet need new hats or new friends? That isn't exactly the problem as Harbet sees it, but it's how this adult reader sees it. Harbet is a dog that gets teased for wearing an old hat. The first teasing incident might have some basis of truth. It is an old hat--a beloved old hat upon his head. But all the other incidents, w
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Lauren Kramer
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Old Hat by Emily Gravett follows one pioneering pooch as he seeks to find the ultimate hat. Harbet loves wearing the hat that his Nana knitted for him. It's cozy, colorful, and keeps his ears warm. But the fact is, it's an old hat.

Harbet noticed a group of trend-setting animals wearing fruit hats. He quickly donned the new topper, but soon discovered that hat was now old too! Trying to stay ahead in the world of fashion is hard work!

He bought Top Hat Magazine to research the trends. He camped ou
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Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Gravett, Emily Old Hat. PICTURE BOOK. Simon & Schuster, 2018. $18. 9781534409170

Harbet loves hats and tries to keep up with the latest fashion. However, no matter how hard he tries he is always wearing an old hat. Harbet feels like he will never fit in until one day he finally decides to do his own thing.

This book has a great message about trying to fit in with the in crowd and how you should not have to try so hard to be like everyone else. I liked the cute story and the creativity with the
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Pauline
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As two time winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal Emily Gravett is well known to many educators and she does not disappoint with her new book. This story has a fabulous message about being true to yourself and not following fads or fashions. It seems that whatever hat Harbet wears is immediately out of style and he is at a loss to know why he can’t keep up with the latest styles. The illustrations of the various hats are hilarious as each one becomes more and more outrageous as Harbert tries to kee ...more
mary dewley
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Decadent and goofy hats adorn the heads of animals who snub Harbet, a supposed dog-like creature, for wearing an old hat knitted by his Nana. The animal bullies are always one step ahead of Harbet, who even goes so far as subscribing to "Top-Hat Magazine" so he can keep up on the latest trends. Fed up with their behavior, Harbet decides to go hat-less and learns that you don't have to have the latest and greatest to fit in and make friends after all.

Emma Andje
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Harbet wants to fit in with the other animals by wearing the most fashionable hats, but by the time he buys a new one to fit in, the hat he bought is already out of style and a new hat is trendy.

This is...weird...to say the least. I loved the message of being yourself and not letting others tell you what to do, wear, or be to be liked. But man, that is an odd way to do it. This is a book you have to read at least once to have your mind messed with (in a good way...I think).
Katie
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, storytime
Short and sweet, the main character, Harbet is teased about his hat. He buys a new hat, just like everyone else, but by then they have different hats. Harbet continues to try and keep up with hat fashion until he is sitting atop a pile of 'old hats' and decides he has had enough. He decides to take off his hat. The text ends here, but the last page shows where all the animals who had made fun of him before trying to recreate what sprouts from his head.
Cathy
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Once again with simplicity and joy Emily Gravett cuts to the chase and encourages readers and listeners to be and celebrate their own beauty and place in the world. The deep seated desire to sit at the cool-kids' table sends Harbet in search of the perfect hat and of course the minute he finds the hat is out of fashion. Ultimately our hero discovers that no hat and being a leader is the best way to hang out with friends.
The Library Lady
People can go on and on and ON here about "bullying" and "self-image," but they're reading stuff into it that I'm not sure is there. Does the punch line here, funny as kids might find it, fit that?
I'd rather have seen Harbet's proudly re-donning the hat his Nana made him, the one that was "warm and cozy and kept his ears toasty," because it might have been an old hat, but it was HIS hat. Oh,well.
Molly Cluff (Library!)
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love the pictures in this, and the message to be yourself. Poor Harbet is always behind the time on the fashion trends, and keeps trying to fit in. I was expecting him to decide his own style in the end, which DID happen, but in a rather unexpected way. Turns out Harbet doesn't need a hat since he's a dog with FEATHERS growing out of his head. Odd ending since Harbet definitely looks more like a dog, but really cute illustrations.
Anthony
Harbet liked his comfy hat that his grandmother knitted for him, it was warm and cozy, and kept his ears warm. But when he wore it around his friends he discovered that it was an old hat. Harbet decided to get a new hat, but soon discovered he couldn't keep up with the latest fashion for new hats, so Harbet did something no one else had thought of.
Pam
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The dog has a hat he loves. His grandmother made it years ago. Everyone else has a new hat so makes fun of his "old hat." He buys the new style but it's out of fashion by the time he meets everyone else. He goes through several cycles of this until he decides to remove his hat. His stunning self is revealed.
Use to talk about not following the crowd and being proud of who you are.
Brittany
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I got to read this book to over 220 3rd and 4th graders. They really liked this book and thought all of the hats were crazy and pretty outrageous. My favorite comments came from 3rd graders at the end of the book . One said, "how did he keep all those feathers under those hats" and another said, "hey my mom has feathers in her hair too, is she starting a trend". Ha!
Megan
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Harbet tries and tries to fit in by trying to keep up with the latest hat fashions, but keeps getting made fun of by the other animals. Finally, he does something different and takes off his hat. Now the other animals are copying HIM! Good lesson to stop caring so much about what others think.
Donna Dobihal Smith
Emily Gravett has done it again - written a fabulous story, with lots of humor and the addition of an important message tucked inside. The illustrations are bright, colorful, energetic and emotional; kids will want to listen to this one again and again.
Tabitha
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-books
I spent a day reading to little kids and they absolutely loved this! Harbert is adorable, persistent, and stays true to himself in the end. Lovely illustrations and a simple yet powerful message for the little ones.
Barbara Band
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Harbet's nana knits him a hat ... but he abandons it in favour of the latest fashion. However, no matter how he tries, he can't keep up with everyone else so decides not to bother. A book filled with glorious, quirky, amusing and colourful hats ... along with a message about being yourself.
Mister David
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Beautiful, large, vivid color illustrations. Very creative hats! Teaches a lesson about fashion & style, and bullying for what someone wears. Repetition and LARGE letters on some pages encourage participation.
Mere
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read for anyone. Where Harbet tries to keep up with the latest hat trends, but always seems to be one step behind.

It takes a little while for Harbet to come into his own. And it’s fun to see his friends trying to match him.
Stephanie
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Adorable book about Harbet and his cozy comfy warm knitted hat until one day he discovers that its
OLD HAT! It seems that Harbet will never fit in. But when one day he decides to do his own thing , Harbet discovers just how much more fun it is to stop following others and think for himself!
Viviane Elbee
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Charming book showing a funny dog (Harbet) who tries to keep up with the latest, trendiest, most fashionable hats... but all of his new hats turn into old hats almost instantly.

Liked the ending & subtle message about following fads.

Kids enjoyed this book, which has some crazy hats.
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Emily Gravett is twice winner of the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and the Nestlé Children's Book Prize Bronze Award for WOLVES and LITTLE MOUSE'S BIG BOOK OF FEARS. An author/illustrator of unique talent and tremendous skill, she has a host of critically acclaimed books to her name, including BLUE CHAMELEON, WOLF WON'T BITE! and AGAIN! Emily lives in Brighton with her partner and their daughte ...more
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