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Mr. Zinger's Hat

by Cary Fagan, illustrated by Dusan Petricic

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imagination & play, multigenerational
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list price: $12.99
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published: May 2017
ISBN:9781770499348
publisher: Tundra
Description

This critically-acclaimed picture book by award-winning author Cary Fagan is about stories and story-telling, and is sure to entertain children at home and at school for years to come.

This is the story of a bored little boy, who meets a man, and together they build a story. This story within a story is charming and changes both their lives . . . and quite possibly the reader's as well.

Cary Fagan's charming tale, complemented by the imaginative illustrations of artist Duan Petricic, will delight
young readers who enjoy spinning their own.

About the Authors
Cary Fagan is the author of Valentine’s Fall (finalist for the Toronto Book Award), The Mermaid of Paris, Felix Roth and other novels as well as many books for children. His short story collection My Life Among the Apes was longlisted for the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize. His short stories have been included in Best Canadian Stories and other anthologies. His writing has received two Jewish Book Awards, a Mr. Christie Silver Medal, and many other awards and nominations. Cary Fagan lives in Toronto with his family.
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Duan Petricic a illustré plus d'une vingtaine de livres pour enfants en Yougoslavie et en Amérique du Nord, dont Ma grande famille, une merveilleuse initiation à la généalogie. Il habite à Toronto, en Ontario.

Jeannine Atkins is the author of "Mary Anning and the Sea Dragon," illustrated by Michael Dooling. She lives in western Massachusetts.
Dusan Petricic is the illustrator of "The Longitude Prize" by Joan Dash. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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Contributor Notes

CARY FAGAN is an award-winning author for children. His kids' books include Wolfie and Fly, Little Blue Chair, the popular Kaspar Snit novels, the two-volume Master Melville's Medicine Show, and the picture book Mr. Zinger's Hat, winner of the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and the IODE Jean Throop Award, as well as a TD Book Giveaway in Canada. He has also won the Jewish Book Award and been shortlisted for the Silver Birch Award (five times), the Rocky Mountain Book Award (twice), the Hackmatack Award (twice), the Norma Fleck Award, the Shining Willow Award, and others. The author lives in Toronto, Ontario.

DUSAN PETRICIC was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and graduated from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Applied Arts and Design. His political cartoons and illustrations have regularly appeared in major newspapers and magazines in Europe and North America. As co-author and/or illustrator, he has created more than forty children's books and is the recipient of many prestigious international awards. While pursuing his own career as an artist, Duan has taken time to teach students illustration and animation.Dusan Petricic lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
4 to 6
Grade:
p to 1
Editorial Review

SELECTION - "The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers" Winter Children's Book Panel, 2012
SELECTION - TVO Parents Top 10 Summer Reading List for Ages 6-8, 2012
SELECTION - Today’s Parents 100 Best Canadian Kids’ Book of All Time, 2012

PRAISE FOR Mr. Zinger's Hat:

"Petricic .... expertly evokes the episode's understated warmth while cranking up the visual appeal with a set of distinctly delineated central characters interacting comfortably with one another. A thoroughly engaging addition to the shelf of stories about story making." --Kirkus Reviews

"Petricic uses simple outlines and candy colors for the story within-a-story and somber shades and cross-hatching for the scenes of Mr. Zinger and Leo – so distinct are the styles, they could easily be the work of two separate, equally accomplished illustrators. . . Fagan’s dialogue moves smartly.” --Publishers Weekly

"Mr. Zinger’s Hat is a wonderful story about the shared process of creating . . . a story! . . . It is a charming illustration of creative interaction." --CM Magazine

"Every child needs a Mr. Zinger – and his hat! – in his or her life . . . This book oh-so-softly brings across a sweet, multigenerational message about sharing the power of imagination.” --Booklist

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Mr. Zinger’s Hat

“Don’t disturb Mr. Zinger. He’s making up stories. He’s working.” These cautionary words are spoken by a mother to her son, Leo, as he plays ball in the courtyard where Mr. Zinger, a renowned writer, walks and muses. One afternoon, the youngster’s ball accidentally knocks Mr. Zinger’s hat off his head. When Leo returns the hat, the elderly storyteller examines the inside of it to see what made it fly off. “I can see it now,” he declares. “It’s a story. A story trying to get out.”

And so Mr. Zinger begins with “Once upon a time there was a man...” As the tale unfolds, Leo’s interjections and suggestions gradually transform the narrative. Without his knowing, Mr. Zinger has adroitly encouraged the lad to contribute the significant details. The man becomes a boy, a boy who is bored... and rich... and lonely... until he makes friends with another boy named Leo. As they part at the story’s conclusion, Leo asks Mr. Zinger if he will write about Leo and the rich boy. “No,” the old man replies. “That’s not my story, that’s your story. But maybe another story will try and get out of my hat. There’s no end of them, you know.”

Mr. Zinger’s Hat is a marvelous story, beautifully crafted by Cary Fagan. The distinctive personalities of the two protagonists, as well as the humour and poignancy of their situation, are expertly depicted in a most charming manner. The exchange between the elderly author and the boy is so vivid, that it feels as if one is eavesdropping on a real conversation. This is exceptional writing!

Dušan Petričić’s delightful watercolour illustrations provide the perfect accompaniment to the text. Two distinct styles are interwoven throughout. The sombre tonality depicted in the scenes between Mr. Zinger and Leo is juxtaposed against the bright, cartoon- like approach used to illustrate the story they create together.

Readers and listeners alike will be captivated and inspired by Mr. Zinger’s Hat, which not only recognizes the power of words and the imagination, but celebrates a budding friendship spanning generations.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Fall 2012. Volume 35 No. 4.

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