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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the imaginative, vividly illustrated Escape From Hat, concerning the perils of Leek, the good-luck rabbit, has a raft of positive messages (loyalty, friendship, bravery), presented in a lighthearted, fast-moving plot. There's much to tickle the funnybones of young readers, not to mention the adults who read it to littler ones. Kids at the age to find bathroom and underwear references hilarious will giggle at every mention of dog poop, tighty-whities and the villain's unfortunate bedwetting habit. Grown-ups will get a kick out of sly but G-rated references to the rabbits' talent for multiplication, as well as clever placement of such literary in-jokes as "It was a dark and stormy night ..."
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What's the story?
You may not know this, but every human has his own black cat and lucky rabbit working behind the scenes -- the cat to cause as much bad luck as possible, the rabbit to make everything turn out great. Faithful Leek the rabbit has his work cut out for him to protect his boy, Cecil Bean, from the endless mayhem of Millikin the cat. Then one day, thanks to the cat's sinister schemes, he falls through a magician's hat into the world of Hat itself, where the sun never shines, and where he soon finds many other rabbits who've met a similar fate. He's determined to make his ESCAPE FROM HAT and get back to Cecil, even when wiser rabbits tell him it can't be done. He sets off on this difficult quest, accompanied by Morel, brave warrior princess of the rabbits. Meanwhile, Cecil undertakes his own expedition to get his rabbit back.
Is it any good?
Author Adam Kline's funny, fast-moving story and imaginative characters engage young kids, their parents, and their older sibs, with grand adventures and frequent laugh-out-loud moments. Scottish artist Brian Taylor's gorgeous, anime-like full-color illustrations and cute pen-and-ink drawings are fun to explore, adding another dimension to the story.
An especially good choice for kids who aren't ready to deal with real villains and monsters, Escape From Hat gives them good tools for handling future scary stuff, since some bad guys are comically inept while others turn out not to be so bad after all.
Talk to your kids about ...
Why does the rabbits' luck change for the better just when they seem most doomed? How does Cecil make his own magic from scratch?
What other magical adventure stories do you like? How does Escape From Hat compare with them? Does it make a difference that many of the characters aren't human?
Why do you think stories about being trapped in another world and trying to get home are so popular?
- Author: Adam Kline
- Illustrator: Brian Taylor
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Friendship, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: ZOVA Books
- Publication date: September 4, 2012
- Number of pages: 200
- Available on: Nook, Hardback, Kindle
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