Mr Bat Wants a Hat
By Kitty Black
Illustrated by Laura Wood
Reviewed by Barbara Braxton
Mr Bat is largely content with his life, doing what he likes when he likes. But one evening when flying above the local park, he discovers hats and decides that he needs one NOW! His attempts to steal one from the adults is unsuccessful but a sleeping baby is a different story. Yet, while he is proud of himself and thinks he is the grandest thing around, others are not so impressed…
This is a fun story for young readers about the impact their actions can have on others. Even though taking the hat made Mr Bat feel good, how did the theft affect the baby? Starting these conversations starts the ripple-in-the-pond effect of our actions and helps develop the concepts of compassion and empathy, starting to move them away from their egocentric, self-centred world to understand and acknowledge the feelings of others.
Even though this message is embedded in the story, on the surface it is bright and funny with a twist in the end that will offer lots of scope for predicting what might come next and what might happen when it does.
New Frontier, 2021