A Boy Had a Mother Who Bought Him a Hat 3.5 stars — like the format, love the drawings – Jennifer Donovan – Connecticut, USA
This is the story about a mom who buys her son many different things (starting with a hat). Each item follows the same word pattern repeating all the items that came before and adding one to the end, which is a great way to bolster confidence in reading. The boy loves everything that Mom gives him that he wears/takes all of it with him everywhere. It’s silly, but I think that there’s a subtle message about over-gifting as well. It’s clear that the boy accepts the gifts as a token of his mother’s love, but he doesn’t need them to feel loved.
The illustrations by Kevin Hawkes are absolutely gorgeous. They make me want to take a straightedge to the book and frame them.
I felt that the story fell short a bit, but I can see that if your child ends up liking it, it’s a book that could be read over and over and over again.
: After a boy’s mother buys him a hat, she buys him a mouse, shoes, boots, skis, mask, cello, and an elephant–none of which he is ever without.
A Boy Had a Mother Who Bought Him a Hat