Fiction Friday: Escape From Hat

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Today, we’re looking at Escape From Hat by Adam Kline and Brian Taylor. You can buy it here. Compared to the other works I’ve done, which were more on the adolescent end of the age spectrum, this is more for the younger readers. Ten chapters and can be finished in around an hour for those dedicated enough. What beholds us is a cute, charming, and very classy tale. So let’s see what’s in store.

The World of Hat

Leek is a lucky rabbit. Millikin is an unlucky cat. Together, they follow a young boy named Cecil Bean, a kid both lucky and unlucky. Millikin tries to ruin his day, while Leek makes it better. But when an evil magician known only as The Great Imbrolio kidnaps Leek for his magic show, the unfortunate rabbit is whisked away inside the world of Hat. Now, he must join a rabbit warrior, a mouse minstrel, and a whole slew of characters to return to Cecil before his day gets ruined further.

It’s a simplistic book that provides a fun and witty adventure. The narrator is as much of a character as the others and each of them has personality. Leek is a kind-hearted soul, Morel is a strong-willed rabbit, and Hamlin is polite and innocent. There really isn’t much else to add.

The one thing I did note was how classy they spoke. Clearly, the narrator took creative liberties and was likely his story, which made for a humorous tale. Seeing how direct the narrator was brought to mind an old storyteller who sits around and tells kids magical tales with life lessons. This one being, sometimes luck is in the unlikely of places.

And yet there’s really not much else to say. The book is short, simple, engaging, humorous, and appropriate for younger kids. It does it’s job. It does no right or wrong, it’s just a fun book to read to your kid. Yet it does it with a convincing display of humor and dictation that it adds a certain charm to it. The book also has cute illustrations. My favorite one is towards the end where an entire clan of bunnies are jettisoned out of a hat like a popcorn machine. I’ll try to include the image, but it has plenty of charm all the way through.

My only issue is that some words might be too big for young children to learn. Granted vocabulary is important, but it could also help to ease the kids into them. Kindle versions have a dictionary built in for situations like this (otherwise, I wouldn’t know what betwixt meant), but some words I’d imagine would be hard even for adults since even I had trouble with a few.

That was my only gripe other than the story could have been a bit less direct with the plot (for someone who doesn’t know how to leave Hat, the elder of the Komatsuna clan sure knew how to specifically get out, or so they say). It’s a fun read to tell to the young ones. While it doesn’t do anything too special, it can still provide entertainment with a small book with a larger than life adventure.

That’s all for today! Take care, and remember, the inn is always open.

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