by Troy Wilson (Author), Eve Coy (Illustrator)
An old man befriends the squirrels in his yard and feeds them. When he finds a kitten, he names it Hat. The old man keeps the kitten in the house, so that it won’t chase the squirrels or run away. One day Hat gets a chance to sneak out the door, but will he really chase squirrels or run away?
This is such an adorable book! The old man is so sweet and comfortable. The perfect old grandpa dude! There is something so charming about this simple story. The writing has a way of inviting the reader into a special secret, so that we feel very close to the old man and to Hat.
I appreciated that there are diverse characters in this book too. A mother and daughter arrive to help the old man, and they are like a breath of fresh air in Hat’s old routine.
I love the soft style of the artwork. The illustrations are very soothing and warm, like comfort food on a rainy day. The little details of the old man’s house really tell a lot about his character. He has lots of plants and shelves of books. He drinks endless cups of steaming hot tea from a cute teapot with matching teacups and saucers. Every day he wears a tie, a vest, and a suitcoat. His kitchen is spic and span. The art tells the story just as much as the words do!
What a wonderful book! I wish this old man was my grandpa! I wish Hat was my pet!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.