Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com
Clara Button loves hats - making them and wearing them! But her favourite hat is the one that once belonged to her Granny Elsie. When her older brother Ollie breaks Granny Elsie's hat, Mum takes them on a special hat day out to cheer Clara up. While visiting the Victoria and Albert Museum, Clara gets lost and embarks on an exciting journey of discovery. Meanwhile, Ollie is having adventures of his own, with swords and tigers!
Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day takes us all back in time, via the Victoria and Albert Museum. Sutton's illustrations are gorgeously detailed. They include all sorts of delights, from Clara's bus journey past Harrods and Fortnum and Mason, to lavish exhibits at The Victoria and Albert itself. Author de la Haye was a former curator of 20th Century Fashion at the museum, and has woven a charming tale of a little girl who most of all wants to fix her Granny's hat.
This would be such a lovely gift for a child about to visit the V and A, or indeed any museum. I think it will particularly appeal to little people who love to design clothes or dress their dolls.
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