PPBF: Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau


Author: Andrea Beaty
Illustrator: David Roberts
Publisher: Abrams, 2014
Ages: 4-8yrs
Themes: hats, birthdays, hatmakers
Opening: In a three story house with a shop down below lived the world’s finest hatmaker, Madame Chapeau.
Summary: (from my library catalog) When a crow flies off with her birthday bonnet as she walks to dinner, Madame Chapeau chases the thief through the streets of Paris while admirers offer her replacement hats, but none seem quite right until someone offers a special gift.


I like this book because: this has to be one of the perfectest perfect picks ever! The rhyme is so delicious, you have to read it again and again – aloud! The story is adorable, and the pictures – OH! I want to spend my next vacation IN this book!!! The illustrator includes an interesting note in the front, about his own influences and work as a milliner. The look of main character is based on the fashion editor, Isabella Blow. Get the book and read more for yourself!


Resources/activities: make paper hats – instructions HERE; learn to knit -tutorial HERE; make a chocolate gateau, like the one below – click on the image for the recipe post.

Perfect Picture Book Friday has plenty of selections listed on a themed and alphabetized list, each with teacher/parent resources, on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.


34 thoughts on “PPBF: Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau

  1. I love books with delicious rhyme. So I will have to make the purchase. This story sounds like so much fun, Julie. I love the entire premise with the chase scenes and the people offering her hats. But none are quite right. Thanks, pal. *hugs*

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  2. Who would have thought a book about a hatmaker would evoke so much excitement from you. It sounds quirky and fun.

    Since I can’t respond to Susanna’s blog, I wanted you to know how much I enjoyed reading her review “You’re Here.” Your illustrations look so soft and cuddly. I have a brand new great grandson, and your book will be a Christmas present. Sounds so beautiful and perfect. He will be five months old.


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