Two tortoise friends in the desert, who do everything together, one day stumble upon a hat. They both like the hat. They both look very good in the hat. But there are two of them, and only one hat. The tortoises decide that since both cannot have the hat, then neither will. But as they prepare for sleep, one tortoise wonders: what if he took the hat? Can he resist temptation for the sake of his best friend?
Of the Hat Trilogy, this one absolutely has the most heart. The hilariously deadpan style of the dialogue is back, and as fun to read as ever, and Klassen’s fabulously minimalist illustrations still tell as much of the story with a shifty eye or turned head as text does. But unlike the first two books in the series, which were just pure fun, the finale has a lovely and touching message: material things are never as precious as true friendship. The length of this one is perfect, and while the art may not be as colorful as other children’s books, the bold minimalist art is still as striking as it is charming. JJ loved this book, as did I, and it’s absolutely Baby Bookworm approved!