Keith: The Cat with the Magic Hat by Sue Hendra. PICTURE BOOK. Aladdin (Simon & Schuster), 2018. $15. 9781481490351
BUYING ADVISORY: Pre-K, EL(K-3) - ADVISABLE
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
Keith the Cat is suddenly the center of attention when an ice cream cone lands on his head. Hoping to make the best of the awkward situation, Keith tells his friends that its a magic hat and then proceeds to produce a couple apparently magic moments. But when a dog shows up and Keith most needs to be magical, will his hat come through in a pinch?!
This is a simple book with no real purpose beyond telling a funny little story. Younger readers will appreciate the silly predicament Keith finds himself in, how he manages to pull of the magic and fool his friends, and especially the ending. The illustrations are very bright and colorful. All that being said, there's nothing here that will be especially memorable for most readers.