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Cary Fagan is the award-winning author of several young adult novels and picture books. This wonderful new story is about stories, and story-telling, and is sure to enchant and instruct children at home and at school for years to come. This is the story of a bored little boy, who meets a man, and together they build a story. This story within a story is charming and changeCary Fagan is the award-winning author of several young adult novels and picture books. This wonderful new story is about stories, and story-telling, and is sure to enchant and instruct children at home and at school for years to come. This is the story of a bored little boy, who meets a man, and together they build a story. This story within a story is charming and changes both their lives... and quite possibly the readers as well....

Title : Mr. Zinger's Hat
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ISBN : 9781770492530
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Mr. Zinger's Hat Reviews

  • Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
    2018-11-15 23:49

    I really enjoyed this one and the opportunity to use this one with students to discuss writing and story development is wonderful.

  • Ali Syed
    2018-11-22 02:37


  • Amy Forrester
    2018-11-30 01:39

    Every day after school Leo would take his ball into the courtyard to play and while he played old Mr. Zinger would walk around the courtyard. They never talked until one day when the ball escaped from Leo and knocked off Mr. Zinger’s hat. Leo caught the hat and brought it back to Mr. Zinger, “I wonder why my hat took off like that. Maybe there is something inside it.” And there was. A story. Mr. Zinger started the story, but soon Leo was making additions, changes, and even naming characters! After Mr. Zinger went home to write more stories, Leo made a new friend, Sophie, and together they found a new story in Leo’s baseball cap.The text pushes the reader right into this story about storytelling. The dialogue is compelling, yet natural, making this a fun book to read aloud. The three major characters in the book, Leo, Mr. Zinger, and Sophie are well-crafted. Leo is an imaginative protagonist and he manages to be respectful of Mr. Zinger, as well as curious and outspoken. The layout of the book brings the illustrations and text together harmoniously. Petričić uses two styles of illustrations both created with watercolors. The first style is used for the real world that Leo lives in. The colors are softly blended and the line work is loose. Then Leo and Mr. Zinger begin their story, which is illustrated in a brighter, more cartoon-like style. The story world is flat with solid colors, while the real world employs perspective, shading, and texture. Full Review at Picture-Book-a-Day:

  • Kylee Myers
    2018-11-18 00:55

    This story about a boy named Leo is a sweet little story about a growing relationship between Leo and and Mr. Zinger, an old man. Mr. Zinger liked to tell stories, and often told stories to Leo at the park where they both went every day. Mr. Zinger told Leo a story of a young boy who was rich, but unhappy. The boy proclaimed that he would give half of his wealth to any child who could make him happy. Children began lining up with gifts for this boy, but the gifts did not make him happy. A boy in the story named Leo went to the door of this rich kid and began to throw his ball with the rich boy. Leo got half of the wealth, but he didn't want it so he gave it all away. Leo was real in the story. Mr. Zinger was telling a story about how Leo makes him happy. Well Leo then makes a friend named Sophie who makes him happy and begins to tell her a story!This book would be great to teach students about using voice when they write. This book is a great example of using voice. When reading this, students will hear the book as if the author is reading it to them. I hope that students will use this book to refer to when they want to include voice in their writing.

  • Brenda
    2018-11-16 03:44

    Leo is out playing ball when a bounce accidentally sends Mr. Zinger's hat flying. While sitting on a bench, the man acts Leo to sit next to him. Mr. Zinger then proceeds to peer into his hat to see what made it fly off. His answer is "it's a story. A story trying to get out." What transpires next is the two begin to weave what will become Leo's story. Mr. Zinger enlists Leo's help in adding details. The illustrations are interestingly done. In some scenes they are rough quick black and white drawings that slowly become Leo and in others they are soft colors depicting the two sitting on the bench. A lovely book that illustrates story development in a fun way that children will understand.

  • Barbara
    2018-12-09 00:55

    When Leo happens to meet Mr. Zinger, who writes stories, while chasing his baseball and a hat, the elderly man begins to tell him a story. He pauses at just the right points so that Leo can offer his suggestions or embellish the story, and then when the story is finished, he leaves to write his own story. Later, Leo meets a girl named Sophie and entices her to listen to his story, and in the same style as Mr. Zinger, he solicits her help. The watercolor illustrations show the delight on the character's faces amid those imaginative stories being woven. This would be a great book to use when teaching students about stories develop or when discussing how the unexpected behavior of characters may change a story.

  • Teresa
    2018-11-23 05:52

    Leo meets Mr. Zinger, a writer, who says he has a story in his hat. The writer asks Leo what HE sees in the hat, and the story gradually takes shape, building on each other's suggestions. Later, Leo repeats the process with a new friend.Mr. Zinger: "Once upon a time, there was man."Leo: "Could it maybe be a boy?" "Yes, you're right--a boy. Now this boy was very poor.""He might be rich.""Why not? He was rich. Rich as a king, an emperor, a czar. He was also very unhappy. Can you see why?"...Proving that unhappiness is always more interesting! This fun tale could be a great stepping stone for creative, collaborative storytelling.

  • Magila
    2018-11-27 07:46

    3.5I will admit that I was a little concerned when this book began with an old man who paced around a children's playground. Obviously I didn't expect it to be negative, but I did need the positive message to make me forget the questionable safety issue. (I recognize how sad it is that that even needs to be an issue.)This aside, what a fun story about stories and creativity. The pass it on message in the end, and inclusiveness was nice. In addition, the art did not let down the other content. Longer text for older picture book readers. Recommended, though try it first as I'm not certain of its re-read value.

  • Shamekia
    2018-12-05 04:47

    Leo finds out that Mr. Zinger’s hat has stories inside of it! When Mr. Zinger asks Leo to help him get the story to come out they both create an adorable story of their own. They simply don’t write children’s books like this anymore! I really like this one. It’s adorable, and the illustrations are retro and classic. This book will draw you into the power of storytelling and the power of imagination.I recommend for one-on-one or small group reading (perhaps at bedtime?) for ages 4 and older.

  • Christiane
    2018-11-26 01:48

    One day Leo's ball accidently knocks off Mr. Zinger's hat, which has a story just trying to get out. This is a great book about stories and the power of imagination! I especially love how Leo takes what he has learned from Mr. Zinger and passes it on to a new friend. This would be a great book to read aloud in a K – 2nd grade classroom, before encouraging the children to make up their own stories.

  • Dolores
    2018-11-28 00:28

    A wonderful book about the power of storytelling. Mr. Zinger and Leo create a story together one afternoon, and in the process Leo discovers the storyteller inside himself. When he in turn meets Sophie, he passes on the gift. This is a beautiful reminder that creating stories can be an interactive process, and that every kid is filled with stories. All it takes is someone to pass them a hat, so to speak.

  • Shonna
    2018-12-08 06:38

    This is a 2014 Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Nominee. I think this encourages kids to use their imaginations. I finished reading and asked my son if he could write a story and he said no. We then told one together. It was fun. Reminds me of Mad Libs. I think I will try and do something like that with the grade 3's.

  • Iamaby En
    2018-12-06 00:35

    I didn't think this would appeal to me, because the cover and the title didn't immediately draw me in. Oh, the dangers of judging a book by its cover. I'm so glad I picked this up because it's a great story. Read it for yourself!Probably a bit long for a storytime crowd, unless the kids are older (grade 2, maybe?). I want that hat!

  • Karen Arendt
    2018-12-11 07:39

    Unique story about a boy named Leo playing with his ball when his ball knocks off the hat of a man who writes stories. The man discovers a story in the hat and Leo helps to tell the story. When the man leaves, Leo encounters a girl and finds a story in his own baseball cap. This would be a great story to read as a writing prompt for where to get ideas.

  • Sandy Brehl
    2018-11-11 00:56

    A PERFECT story about creating stories, which can be found anywhere, even inside a hat. The cross-generation collaboration works especially well, and the illustrations add both humor and a visual representation of drafting and revision.

  • David
    2018-12-09 01:45

    The trademark of a great story, in my estimation (though there are exceptions), is that they make me smile at the end, involuntarily, both inside and out. This is one of those books. It's a story about a story. But not just any story. Your story. I'm still smiling. :)

  • Margie
    2018-11-18 07:41

    You'll never wear at hat again without looking inside. Author Cary Fagan and illustrator Dusan Petricic create a story within a story about the art of storytelling that is wonderful; tying one generation to another.Full review:

  • Genevieve
    2018-11-14 06:54

    I have the French version. It is sweet.

  • Danielle
    2018-11-14 23:44

    This one charmed me.Makes a storyteller out of everyone. More of a storybook, but has it all.

  • Rebecca
    2018-12-10 06:30

    A story about making up stories, and making friends. Illustrator from Belgrade.

  • Polly
    2018-11-27 03:54

    Very fine, best for older kids, probably 6+, at least in a group setting.

  • Raegan Rocco
    2018-12-05 00:34

    How can you not love a story about story telling!! Great picture book with rich illustrations!

  • Joan
    2018-11-18 04:55

    A heart-warming book about sharing the story-making process, and sharing ourselves along the way. Great hook for writing fiction.

  • katsok
    2018-12-04 23:32

    I LOVE this book. Can't wait to share it with my writing students.

  • Debrarian
    2018-11-28 04:28

    Straddles the line between overtly preachy and sweetly creative. Lovely pictures (even with all pinkish-people).

  • Gin
    2018-11-28 06:52

    so many possibilities for classroom extensions with this lovely story of two generations sharing the art of storytelling!

  • Lynda Shoup
    2018-11-27 23:34

    A tribute to story tellers everywhere. A great book to use to help children develop their ability to create their own stories.

  • Sheri Radford
    2018-11-26 00:58

    An utterly charming book about where stories come from and the importance of storytelling in bringing people together.

  • Mary
    2018-12-11 06:34

    I'm sad this is too long to share with my preschoolers. It's a great example of imagination and how anyone can be a storyteller.

  • Carrie Gelson
    2018-11-14 06:38

    A wonderful story about the power of storytelling and how it meanders this way and that between the narrator and the creatively involved listener. Love this book!