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Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2017
I am a devotee of Karen Beaumont, who wrote some of my very favorites, like Ain't Gonna Paint No More and Move Over, Rover. I love reading them out loud in a storytime. They're short, but they get across a real message -- like don't paint all over your body and there's always room for one more, unless it's a skunk. In her earlier books, esp. Ain't Gonna Paint, the end rhymes folded into the story, allowing the child to use prediction to guess what was coming next.
So I'm kind of surprised by Hats Off to You. Looking over early Dr. Seuss' books, you can say that they're really too long for the average child of today, but Hats Off to You seems to be carrying brevity to a ridiculous extreme. The best children's books can enclose meaning into a few words, but these rhymes don't do it for me. Maybe it's because I'm not a very girly girl, but I wouldn't like a book about trucks with stripes and trucks with stars, trucks that must have come from Mars.