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Review of The Hat
in Horn Book Magazine Vol. 46, Issue 3. (June 1970): p287. Rpt. in
Children's Literature Review. Ed. Scot Peacock. Vol. 77. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2002. From Literature Resource Center.
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The hat, the mysterious hat, "shiny as satin and belted with a magenta sash," landed on the bald head of Benito Badoglio. "'Don't shoot, I surrender!'" shouted the penniless old soldier. "To his surprise the hat popped out of his hands ... and performed a little dance. 'Thunder of Sebastopole! ... That hat is alive!'" Truly, the hat is marvelously animated, and there follows a series of picaresque adventures: Benito--with the help of the hat--smokes a band of brigands from their den. Benito--with the help of the hat--saves a hapless infant from the careless conflagration caused by a dashing cadet. And Benito--with the help of the hat--wins a fair lady. But, having won all, he loses the hat, which once again drifts mysteriously over the rooftops of the city. Set in a never-never land that looks like nineteenth-century Italy, the comic-opera pictures [of The Hat] are full of mandolin-playing musicians, splashing fountains, and apple-cheeked peasant lasses. Always, too, there are Benito and the hat--their rise in fortune detailed down to the silver wheel that replaces the soldier's peg leg and enables him to roll through the country in style.

Source Citation   (MLA 8th Edition)
Long, Sidney D. "Review of The Hat." Children's Literature Review, edited by Scot Peacock, vol. 77, Gale, 2002. Literature Resource Center, Accessed 25 Mar. 2019. Originally published in in Horn Book Magazine, vol. 46, no. 3, June 1970, p. 287.

Gale Document Number: GALE|H1420042695