Brimsby's Hats

Illustrated by Andrew Prahin
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About The Book

A lonely hat maker uses quirky creativity to make friends in this delightful picture book that will charm readers young and old.

Brimsby is a happy hat maker—until his best friend goes off to find adventure at sea. Now Brimsby is a lonely hat maker, unsure of what to do. But since making hats is what he does best, perhaps his talents can help him find some friends…

Filled with whimsy and wonder, Brimsby’s Hats is a celebration of creativity and friendship.

About The Author
Photograph by Kathryn Prahin

Andrew Prahin won a partial college scholarship from his hometown of Arlington Heights, Illinois, by detailing his dream of becoming a children’s book illustrator. Then he went into advertising. With the publication of Brimsby’s Hats, Andrew is finally making things right with the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce. Andrew lives in London with his wife, Katie.

About The Illustrator
Photograph by Kathryn Prahin

Andrew Prahin won a partial college scholarship from his hometown of Arlington Heights, Illinois, by detailing his dream of becoming a children’s book illustrator. Then he went into advertising. With the publication of Brimsby’s Hats, Andrew is finally making things right with the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce. Andrew lives in London with his wife, Katie.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (December 2013)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442481473
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® AD540L

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Raves and Reviews

"Sophisticated storytelling, both through words and images, beautifully describes the significance of friendship and what it feels like to miss, keep, love and make a friend."

– Kirkus, Starred Review

"Newcomer Prahin's exceptionally polished digital spreads look like stills from an animated feature...A promising first outing for Prahin."

– Publishers Weekly

* "This quiet charmer of a picture book is an inspiration for creativity, problem solving, and making friends."

– Booklist, Starred Review

"Handling the loss of a friend who moves away is a common theme in picture books, but this is a fresh and offbeat version that helpfully highlights kindness and proactive problem-solving."

– BCCB

Awards and Honors
  • MSTA Reading Circle List
  • Cybils Award Finalist
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