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Written and Illustrated by: Satoshi Kitamura
Published by: Andersen Press
Published on: September 1, 2009
Millie is shopping in a fine millinery, as you do, when she spots the perfect hat. She wants to buy it but has no money. The brilliant shopkeeper offers Millie a hatbox as empty as her purse. She fills that hatbox with her imagination.
Millie's imagination is a gift- she not only creates her own hat, but beautiful ones for everyone around her. Kitamura's illustrations are as detailed as a Richard Scarry work. It's amazing how he can differentiate between Millie's imagination and that of everyone else.
What makes this book rise above is that the adults are accepting and get in on the imaginary action. Every adult needs a little imagination, and a child like Millie is the perfect catalyst for that.
My kids had so much fun discovering all of the new hats as Millie explored her wildest daydreams. Unsurprisingly my daughter loved the cake hat, while my son was quite taken with the fountain hat. Personally, I loved the hand-lettering!
If you like this book you might be interested in other books that will move you to let your imagination soar, like Sora and the Cloud or Laundry Day.