Saturday, January 9, 2016

Kid Lit: The Queen's Hat

The Queen's Hat by Steve Anthony

Goodreads Summary:
A sudden gust of wind sets off a marvellous London adventure for the Queen, the Queen's men and one very special hat. So let's follow one determined, daredevil queen through the zoo, over Tower Bridge and up Big Ben... just where will that hat land?

A witty and stylish celebration of London, the Queen and the royal family's new baby.

I reserved this book from the library right away after reading about it on Everyday Reading. As you may remember, I really want to go to London, so I thought this would be a fun book to read with Christopher. Also, we both really enjoyed Please, Mr. Panda, also by Steve Anthony.

My Thoughts:
This is a cute and simple story. The wind blows off the queen's hat, so she and her guards chase it around London. The appeal is in the landmarks they visit. The illustrations are absolutely adorable. I loved the pictures with the guards climbing all over the London Eye and the Tower Bridge. The ending of the story is reminiscent of the whimsical nature of Winnie-the-Pooh and Mary Poppins, at least to me anyway.

I also enjoyed the facts about the London landmarks at the back of the book. Christopher (age 5.5) indulged me and let me read them to him as we looked back at the pictures of each landmark. He also enjoyed counting the guards on the front cover by 2s.

It's a fun read, but perhaps a bit young for him. If I hadn't been so interested in London, I may not have enjoyed it as much. And it's not one I would want to read over and over again. Although I would check out the second book, The Queen's Handbag, if our library had a copy.

My Rating: 3 Stars


  1. If it was a bit young for him then it would be perfect for my kids probably. I totally want to go to London myself so I may have to pick this up!

    1. Yes, your kids would probably enjoy it more. I just loved the drawings so much! And of course the London part was perfect for me. The second book sounds like it might be a better fit for Christopher. I'll have to keep watching for it at our library.