I think it’s a record: three days after Christmas and I’ve packed up the tree. Now I love Christmas, love everything about it- singing carols, decorating the tree, doing the Christmas crafts with the kids, baking loads of cookies, the stacks of holiday books, the general feelings of peace, joy, and goodwill- but as soon as Christmas day is over, something about the tree and the Christmas decorations scream to be cleaned up. It all feels less tasteful, more clunky and in the way and OH MAN THE PINE NEEDLES EVERYWHERE. My son’s birthday is one week after Christmas (my New Year’s Eve baby!), and I like to keep the celebrations separate.
So now, leading up to the last day of the year (and the last day of Toby being six), I bring you Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau, written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts. These are the two responsible for Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect– two colorful and intelligent stories about inspired future professions. I won my copy from This Picture Book Life (Hi Danielle! Thank you!) and have included it in my list of favorite books to come out in 2014 over on Mamalode (please go check it out if you haven’t already).
Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau is hands-down my favorite rhyming book of the year. The exceptionally stylish milliner, Madame Chapeau, has the gift of being able to match perfectly each hat to its owner. However, in her personal life, she is rather lonely and even on her birthday, she dresses up and goes out to dine alone at “Chez Snooty-Patoot.” When a crow makes off with her beguiling birthday bonnet, her many Parisian neighbors are compelled to offer her their own hats—but Madame Chapeau recognizes that the gorgeous headpieces proffered are perfectly suited only to the heads they came from.
“She knew that each hat—with its feathers or fur—was made for someone who was simply not her.”
Isn’t it just so chic and stylish?! Now if there’s one thing I love, it’s a good birthday hat. It’s just not a party without them. Perhaps that’s why this book has stolen my heart.
Now what to put together for next week’s birthday? I kind of like the knit pom poms…
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