Perfect Picture Book Friday: HIP, HIP, BERET Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends.

Do you like rhyme? Do you like repetition? I sure do…and so do young children. And that’s why I’m featuring this new book, HIP HIP BERET from author Melanie Ellsworth who stopped by 2 weeks ago for a Book Birthday post when her other picture book launched, CLARINET AND TRUMPET. What’s really special (other than that they are both great books) is that both books are touchy-feely books…this one has soft berets – young kids will LOVE that. And I know all of you will love the fact that Melanie and her publisher are offering a copy of HIP, HIP, BERET as a giveaway prize!


Written by Melanie Ellsworth

Illustrated by Morena Forza

Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2021)

Ages: 4-7

Themes: Persistence, humor, rhyme

Synopsis: From HMH –

A playful and humorous picture book about what happens to Bella’s beret when the wind sweeps it away.

Granpère gifts Bella the hat she’d always wanted–a beret! But just as she places it on her head, a gust of wind whisks it away. When the beret accidentally lands in a chef’s pan . . . hip, hip, souflée! When it mistakenly lands on the head of a dancer . . . hip, hip, ballet! The wind continues to sweep the hat farther and farther away. Will Bella ever get back her beloved beret?

Children will love to read aloud this humorous and heartfelt story filled with repetition, rhyme, and hilarious wordplay.

Why I Love This Book:

  1. Rhyme, repetition, heart and humor – need I say more? The text flows so smoothly and is so much fun to read-aloud!
  2. The illustrations engage – the colors pop – kids will fall in love with Bella and cheer her on as she tries to retrieve her beloved beret.
  3. This book is interactive…with swatches of softness that invite young listeners to touch and feel.



Instruction details for a paper plate beret

Instruction details for a felt beret

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I’ve been having lots of fun distributing the prizes for #50PreciousWords – thank you again to the generous prize donors who have been so responsive. The coming week is going to be a busy one – it’s income tax time (mine is already mailed away) and I have some eye surgery coming up next week…fingers crossed all goes well. And please make sure you leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway – maybe you can tell us about your favorite type of hat – plus share the post on social media for extra chances to win.

76 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday: HIP, HIP, BERET Plus Giveaway

  1. I live in hats! I have one that is old, ugly, floppy, and dirty as can be that I wear fishing! I should be embarrassed, I suppose, but I am invoking old people’s privilege!

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    • The old, dirty, well-worn hats always fit the best! I have an old baseball cap with fraying brim that’s perfect when walking the dog.


  2. I was fortunate enough to win a copy of this book already, and it’s terrific! Great rhymes and a lot of kid appeal. (As for my own hats, I live a few hours south of the Arctic Circle, so I’ve acquired a large supply of warm and wooly knit caps.)

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  3. Congratulations Melanie! Your new book looks fabulous. And it was great timing as today was crazy hat day at school. I wore a kelly green golf hat embroidered with shamrocks. I only have golf hats!
    Best of luck Vivian with your surgery. Travel


  4. Congratulations, Melanie! Your book looks adorable! I’ve been wearing my sun hat at the beach this week while on vacation. I’m looking forward to reading it!
    Sending best wishes, Vivian, on your upcoming surgery.


  5. PB’s written in rhyme are delightful! They are the perfect read aloud! Looking forw to reading “Hip, Hip Beret”!!
    When I was in grade school, my favorite hat was a white “tammy” (that’s what my mom called it! nI wore it everywhere! 🙂
    Vivian ,sending prayers for a successful eye surgery!


  6. I foresee berets making a comeback world-wide! My mom loved wearing them, finding them chic,warm & fun. Me– I love a quirky ball cap or a hand-knitted Irish woolie☘️


    • Thank you, Patricia. Morena did a wonderful job matching the illustrations to the tone of the text. I hope your granddaughter enjoys reading it with you!


  7. This sounds wonderful! I always love hearing about new rhyming PBs coming into the world to deflate the myth that editors don’t want rhyming PBs! Congrats on this one. Can’t wait to read it! Oh, and my favorite hat is my Thinking Cap! 🙂
    Rebecca Gardyn Levington


    • Every writer should have a thinking cap! This book has a repeating rhyming phrase without typical rhyming stanzas, so it’s a mix of prose and rhyme. I agree that there’s plenty of demand for rhyme among readers, so I’m glad that writers persist!


  8. What an adorable title
    For a book. My favorite hat was the winter hat my little one wore that made her giggle. Every time she squeezed the tail the wings on the Pegasus hat would “fly”. Who doesn’t love a silly hat?


  9. For fun….I have a turkey hat, a lobster hat, a bowler hat and can seen always wearing a hat any time of the year. I do not have a beret… so I will need to get one, Hip hip hooray!


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