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Hat tricks
First edition.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 x 29 cm
General Note:
"First published in Great Britain in 2019 by Scallywag Press"--Copyright page.
Reading Level:
340 Lexile.
A rabbit in a hat performs a magic show.


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Meet Hattie the magician--she's a natural performer, and you're invited to her magic show.
Abracadabra, katakurico! Oh, goodness! Out pops a cat from Hattie's magic hat. Can you guess what creature will appear from the magic hat next? Follow along as Hattie conjures up a parade of animals from her magic hat, and don't miss the grand finale!
From renowned author and illustrator Satoshi Kitamura, this humorous story is a delightful choice for audience participation.

Reviews 5

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1--Hattie is a bunny who loves performing magic. Usually, it's the rabbit that is in the hat, but Hattie is not your typical magician. Assuming the stance, Hattie says the magic words--"Abracadabra, katakurico"--and asks, "What's in the hat?" Readers who notice that there are two little ears peeking out will no doubt sing out, "Rabbit." Wrong! It's a cat! Sure enough, a slightly befuddled cat pops out. Hattie continues with one surprise after another, making kids interact with the text. The animals become unpredictable (one is an octopus!), which will delight children. Hattie is a wonderful magician who ties all these crazy animals together in a very satisfying ending. VERDICT The interactivity of this book makes it a perfect read-aloud for young children. Its bright colors and the funny faces on the animals all work to make this a book that early childhood educators will want in their libraries.--Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Publisher's Weekly Review

Kitamura's volume (The Rainmaker Danced) is an amusing peek-a-boo tale for budding magic fans. The opening ink, watercolor, and gouache image shows two ear tips peeking out of an inverted magician's hat. "What do have here?" asks the omniscient narrator in the first of several questions that drive the book. The answer is a rabbit magician named Hattie, and with an "abracadabra, katakurico," she pulls out of her hat, in rapid succession, a cat, a squirrel, an octopus, a moose, and an elephant (who needs help extracting his elephant-size derriere). Much of the action takes place along a single plane with no detailing--opening and closing pictures establish a proscenium stage--but the animal cast carries the show with élan. Kitamura's snaggly black line and lovely washes of color conjure up a soft, shocked brown moose, and a nonplussed pink-orange octopus with vine-like appendages that seem to have a life of their own. Although the ending feels a little limp (a backdrop arrives, and the animals are suddenly duplicated, creating a "whole new world of friends"), the vivid characters make this much more than a one-trick story. Ages 2--6. (Mar.)

Horn Book Review

Peeking out of a top hat are two pointy white ears: "What do we have here?" A page-turn reveals a rabbit popping out of the hat, and as the rabbit emerges further, it's clear that this is not a magician's rabbit but a rabbit who is a magician-"It's Hattie the Magician and this is her hat!" The narrator encourages listeners to say some magic words ("Abracadabra, katakurico") and another pair of pointy ears appears in the hat, this time turning out to be a startled-looking orange cat. Even very young children can guess the next animal to emerge (a squirrel, because of its bushy tail), but the octopus (first indicated by a single salmon-colored tentacle) is a funny surprise. Kitamura uses a combination of watercolor, gouache, and pen-and-ink to create bold and lively pictures, with thick black lines giving each animal outsize reactions to every development. His use of color is especially striking, with the blue hat set against the warm yellows, pinks, and reds of the animals. When an elephant tries to pop out of the hat, it requires all the rest of the animals to help pull it out, but even then, there's one more surprise to come. Magician Hattie takes a well-deserved bow at the end, but preschoolers are going to want to start the story all over again, chanting, "Abracadabra, katakurico." Susan Dove Lempke May/June 2020 p.102(c) Copyright 2020. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Hattie the magician pulls amazing things out of her hat.Emerging from her top hat, Hattie, a rabbit, welcomes everyone to her magic show, invites readers to repeat "Abracadabra, katakurico," and see "what's in the hat." Initially, two pointy ears surface and then a surprised cat jumps out. Hattie repeats the same magic words, and the fluffy tail and ears of an energetic squirrel appear. Next Hattie's magic words invoke a snakelike arm attached to a huge octopus followed by antlers belonging to a gigantic moose. For her next trick, Hattie reveals the gray trunk of an enormous, shocked elephant who's temporarily stuck in the hat. Surely the hat's finally empty now? But wait, Hattie has a "grand finale" still to come. The spare, repetitive, interactive text engages readers in chanting the magic words with Hattie and watching expectantly, guessing what will emerge next. The energetic illustrations rely on vivid colors, bold, black, hand-drawn outlines, simple shapes, and plain backgrounds to showcase Hattie in her yellow coat and red bow tie as she conjures the sequence of hilarious creatures from her magical hat. As the animals increase in size, they dominate the double-page spreads until Hattie's growing menagerie explodes into a wild, wonderful "whole new world of friends."Dynamic, fun-filled, imaginative, and ideal for participatory reading aloud. (Picture book. 2-6) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

Positively bursting with storytime potential, Kitamura's latest outing (Millie's Marvelous Hat, 2009) starts with a very simply drawn top hat out of which leaps a rabbit magician named (what else?) Hattie. Then, spurred by repeated calls of Abracadabra, katakurico, out comes a comically thunderstruck cat . . . then a squirrel, followed by, even more startlingly, an octopus. On and on comes a succession of likewise unpredictable creatures, each dramatically revealed by a page turn. When, unfortunately, the elephant gets stuck, everyone has to pull together until it finally pops out with a climactic Kaboom! All fall down! Is the hat finally empty? No, it's good for one more, even larger explosion that doubles the cast and even provides a woodsy setting to fill out the previously blank backdrop. It's a whole new world of friends! Though it grows steadily, it's easy to keep track of the cast, whose members are drawn with thick-outlined strokes and placed against a clear white background. Young audiences will loudly echo the closing plaudits: Brava, Hattie! Bravo, hat! --John Peters Copyright 2020 Booklist