Milo’s Hat Trick

  • Title: Milo’s Hat Trick
  • Author: Jon Agee
  • Illustrator: Jon Agee
  • Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House
  • Publication year: 2017
  • Brief Summary: From Penguin Random House-“Milo the Magnificent is the world’s least magnificent magician. He can’t even pull a rabbit out of his hat! When Mr. Popovich gives him one more chance, Milo knows he has no choice: he has to go out and catch a rabbit for his act. Instead, he catches a bear. And the bear promises to help! Into the hat he dives. Milo rides the train home, sure his act will go off perfectly tonight. But when he arrives in his dressing room, he discovers that he left his hat—and the bear!—on the train. Meanwhile, across town, a man in a restaurant has a very familiar hat . . . Can Milo get his hat back in time for his act?”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – How about a book about friendship? Even if your friend is a bear. I think this is another great book for kindergarteners and they will get a kick out of the absurd in this book. This one I think is particularly suited for a read-aloud in a public or school library.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it. –The banter between Bear and Milo is worth it. There is an easy flowing dialogue between the two which really makes this picture book unique. Not only does this absurdist story feature the wacky looking Milo but the illustrations where Milo and Bear are speaking while Bear stays in the hat truly had me laughing (and I think children would find these scenes hilarious too).

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