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You Must Bring a Hat

Author: Illustrator: Kate Hindley

The only rule for attending this party is . . . you MUST bring a hat. But what if you don't own a hat? Will bringing a monkey wearing a hat be enough? Find out in this tale that builds to a gloriously surreal and hilarious ending.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback
Published: 30th June 2016
Number of Pages: 32

ISBN-13: 9781471117329

Age Ranking
  1. #108 of 1825 books for 2 year olds
  2. #181 of 2308 books for 4 year olds
  3. #423 of 1818 books for 5 year olds
  4. #499 of 2085 books for 3 year olds
  5. #1773 of 1864 books for 6 year olds
12 Book reviews
25th September '16
I read it to JJ aged 5 & to Li aged 5
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5 stars
J & L loved this - what a great book  - so much fun! the story tells of an invite to a party where "you must bring a hat" and then each time the doorman changes the rules - adding characters like elephants and monkeys, all wearing and doing different and funny things! the boys loved the little twist at the end too.  Great illustrations, really colourful and short but quirky paragraphs - just the right length to hold childrens attention. 5 stars! x
24th May '17
I read it to FreyasBooks aged 4
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5 stars
My 4 year old really loves this book, it is one of her favourites. A very funny book that has silly rules my little one just finds hilarious. 
4th July '17
I read it to Ameleah aged 2
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5 stars
My daughter loves this book! Definitely one of her favourites! Brilliant story & animations 
27th September '16
I read it to Maxwell12 aged 4
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5 stars
This is one of my sons favourite books to date. There were plenty of moments which made him laugh throughout this book. This book is quite comical and a fantastic read day or night. The story line is all about parties - something which my son loves attending.
The book is easy to follow. There are some great pictures in this book which my son loved.  We loved this book so much, we have actually told some of our friends and family about it.
This book was bright, fun, 5 year old friendly and a great read. 10/10
8th September '16
I read it to LewisT aged 2
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5 stars
I loved this book, a nice little comical twist at the end! Full of fantastic sketches & brilliant ideas - we had to read this twice originally cause we liked it so much! A lovely book & definitely a must read 
2nd September '16
I read it to compy99a aged 2
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5 stars
this is a charming book telling the story of trying to get into a Birthday party, there are certain requests that must be met before they are allowed in! This book has lovely illustrations and is the ideal bedtime story, we enjoyed it very much.
2nd May '17
I read it to Zac aged 5
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5 stars
My 4 year old loved this book being read to him.
28th January '17
I read it to SophieKelly aged 3
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5 stars
Nigel's having the biggest "hattiest party".... you're invited... but you MUST bring a hat. PS Try not to be late. 
Looked everywhere - could not find a hat... other than a hat on a monkey...... surely that will do?
Well security on the door is tight.... and the hat wearing monkey would be allowed in with you as long as.... it was also wearing a monocle 
As luck would have it a monocle wearing badger (called Jeff) is happy to lend you his, as long as he can come to the party too......
But security on the door, NOW says the badger can only come in if he plays the piano....... 
And so it goes on... with security requiring more and more outlandish things from you and your friends..... but you lose your patience.... and express frustration afterall Nigel's original invite only stressed the need for a hat. "Who's Nigel? This is Felicity's party....." "ah."

Great book, great twist. Very similar in style to the book "If you give a mouse a cookie". We bought it after seeing Tom Hardy read it on Cbeebies Bedtime over Christmas - which is the downside to the book, as I'll never be able to read / deliver it as well as him !! A must for your bookshelf - always makes our near 4 yr old laugh.
5th September '16
Joshyjosh read it aged 4
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4 stars
I like the bit at the end as it is funny but we can't tell you as it will spoil the story! This is a fun story 
10th September '16
I read it to fifebookboy aged 4
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4 stars
We loved this book, it was really funny and totally appealed to my 4 year old's sense of humour. There's a very exclusive birthday party happening and those invited must bring the correct items. As each item is found it turns out there's something else required as a result, will they ever manage to get it all right and come inside? There are lots of funny animals and amusing details, a great book for getting the giggles over.
3rd September '16
I read it to green17 aged 6 & to green18 aged 3
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4 stars
A funny book about lots of strange rules that must be followed to get into a party. There are quite a few difficult words used throughout the book and although my 6 year old was very keen to read too he did need to stop a lot and ask for help. I was concerned this would put the kids off but actually they were just really interested in what the new words meant and it didn't stop them from following the story. They laughed throughout imagining trying to follow the rules themselves, their favourite part was the shouting! Beautiful detailed illustrations too with lots happening on each page.
8th October '16
I read it to Arthur aged 2
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3 stars
This book is colourful and memorable and it does make my 2 year old chuckle. It has that sense of absurdity that toddlers really like, and it is one that I don't mind reading multiple times as I think it's funny too.
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