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Hats off to Mr. Pockles! / written by Sally Lloyd-Jones ; illustrated by David Litchfield.
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Hats off to Mister Pockles!
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New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, 2019.

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1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 30 cm
When disaster strikes, Mr. Pockles, a reclusive little dog with a big hat collection, comes to the aid of renowned panda, Lady Satsuma, and begins collecting friends.
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A New York Times bestselling author and a rising-star illustrator present an utterly hilarious, oh-so-silly tale about Mr. Pockles, an odd little dog with a big hat collection--and an even bigger heart.

For Mr. Pockles, going without a hat is as unthinkable as going around without any pants on. He has millions of hats, for every occasion--an Eating His Cornflakes hat, a Drinking Cups of Tea hat, and even an In the Bath hat--but for some reason, he doesn't have any friends. One day, when Lady CoCo Fitz-Tulip--a Very Important Panda--finds that her hat has been gobbled up by some hungry bunnies, Mr. Pockles knows just how to help. Overflowing with silliness, here's a charming celebration of friendship, inclusion, and the joy of sharing.

Author Notes

SALLY LLOYD-JONES is the author of the New York Times bestseller How to Be a Baby . . . by Me, the Big Sister and its companions, How to Get Married . . . by Me, the Bride and How to Get a Job . . . by Me, the Boss . She has written many other books for children, including Poor Doreen, The House That's Your Home, and, most recently, Goldfish on Vacation . She spent her childhood in Africa and England and now lives in New York City. Visit her at, and follow @sallylloydjones on Twitter.

DAVID LITCHFIELD is the author and illustrator of several books for children, including the bestselling The Bear and the Piano, winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize; The Building Boy by Ross Montgomery; and, most recently, Grandad's Secret Giant. David lives with his family in Bedford, England. Visit him at or follow him on Twitter @dc_litchfield.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Lloyd-Jones (Goldfish on Vacation) opens by describing hat fancier Mr. Pockles's collection, including one under glass that he's never worn ("It was Too Special and he was saving it for Best"). Mr. Pockles, a shy, impeccably groomed hound with long ears and blue eyes, dreams of appearing at Hat Day at the PandaPolitan Club. Only pandas are allowed in, however, so he mopes at the Treat House in his "Jaunty Hat with a Friendly Feather." When prominent panda Lady Coco Fitz-Tulip sashays into the cafAc and loses her fruit hat to some hungry baby bunnies, Mr. Pockles saves the day-"HOLD ON TO YOUR HATS, EVERYONE!"-giving Lady Coco his Best hat and distributing the rest to the crowd. Naturally, Lady Coco brings them all to the PandaPolitan Club. The tale has more than a whiff of royalism, with its exclusive club and its fascination with Lady Coco's family pedigree (she's "even had streets named after her"). But Litchfield (When Paul Met Artie) creates crisp mixed-media spreads that revel in jewel-box colors and patterns; his hats are adorned with hearts, feathers, and even a miniature roller coaster. The hats are the star attraction here. Ages 4-8. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.