First, the facts:
Author: Nancy Nielsen
Published by: Potter Craft, 2014
Type: Hats and booties for your little ones
1. Forest Favorites
2. Jungle Jubilee
3. Barnyard Buddies
The In-Depth Look:
Hold on while I get out my thesaurus.
Adorable. Delightful. Darling. Dear. Fun. Endearing.
How cute is too cute? Because I have to be clear about one thing here–this book is adorable.
It’s filled with cute children wearing cute hats that look like animals … and that’s downright precious. But when you add in socks/booties that make their feet match the animals? Chicken claws for chicken hats, dog paws for dog hats … even elephant feet! The cuteness level just ramps way up.
Almost all of these sweet little hats are of the heads of the animals in questions–lions, lambs, cats, pandas, and so on. The two exceptions are a goldfish, which pretty much encompasses the entire fish, and the turtle which kind of perches on the child’s head, swimming in a pool of blue water. Cute though they may be, these are the only two I consider less than successful, if only from a physiological perspective. (If the entire fish is on your head, why would you need fish fin socks?)
Right. See? I’m quibbling because I’m trying to find something I can point to and say it needs improvement because reviews aren’t supposed to be 100% positive. It’s just obviously harder when everything is so darn cute.
Most of the hats are based on the same two, basic shapes: a rolled-brim hat, or an ear flap hat. The differences come with the styling–the colors, of course, and the add-ons to make the faces and ears of the animals in each pattern. I wonder how well the “pads” of the booties stay on, since they’re just pieces of felt that are hot-glued in place. Since these hats are for babies and small children, though, it’s not like they’re going to get a lot of wear.
Seriously. This book is just adorable. You can get your copy at your local shop or at Amazon.com.
This review copy was kindly donated by Potter Craft. Thank you!