Hat Tricks
Hat Tricks
Bookroo3.8 / 7Goodreads3.6 / 5
The Definitive Guide to

Hat Tricks

Written and illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura
Published by Peachtree Publishing Company
Prices as of Sep 14

What Does Bookroo Think of Hat Tricks

A magic show that will excite only the youngest audience members during story time.

Appropriately named Hattie is a magician with a magic hat. As her story begins, a black top hat is seen on a white background, with just the tips of a rabbit’s ears showing. “What do we have here?” asks the narrator. “It’s a rabbit in a hat!” comes the response, but while the illustration shows more of Hattie, she still looks like any stereotypical rabbit appearing from a magic hat. However, when Hattie makes her full appearance, wearing a bold yellow tuxedo coat, a red bow tie, and holding a magic wand, it’s clear the usual prop is in fact the master magician. As Hattie repeats her magic phrase, “Abracadabra, katakurico,” more and more animals—each larger than the one before—appear from her magic hat. First a cat appears, then a squirrel. Next, surprisingly, is an octopus. Ultimately, even an elephant is pulled from the hat. Just when it appears the hat is empty, it emits an entire jungle scene, complete with trees, bushes, sand, and most importantly, a new friend for each type of animal pulled from the hat. Kitmura’s illustrations in ink, watercolor and gouache are simple, as is the story itself, creating a magic show that will entertain very young readers—they’ll enjoy guessing what animal will appear next based on a small part of the animal showing over the brim of the hat (the squirrel’s tale, or the elephant’s trunk)—but is too basic to hold the attention of an older audience.

What Kind of Book is Hat Tricks


Illustration Styles

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Magic tricks can delight readers of all ages. Which of Hattie's tricks is your favorite? Have you ever tried to learn a magic trick? Maybe your young reader will feel inspired to try after seeing Hattie's magic hat?
  • At the end of the story, Hattie's magic hat provides a friend for all of the animals she pulled from her hat. When has finding a new friend helped you feel happy?


Book Lists That Include Hat Tricks

The Creative Behind the Book

What Has Satoshi Kitamura Said About This Book

Nothing yet! You should let Satoshi Kitamura know that you want to hear from them about their book.

Other Books You Might Enjoy If You Liked Hat Tricks

    Keith the Cat with the Magic Hat
    Sue Hendra, Paul Linnet
    Rabbit Magic
    Meg McLaren
    This Book Is Magic
    Ashley Evanson
    When a Tree Grows
    Cathy Ballou Mealey, Kasia Nowowiejksa
    Baloney and Friends
    Greg Pizzoli
    Owls are Good at Keeping Secrets: An Unusual Alphabet
    Sara O'Leary, Jacob Grant
    Humphrey's Mixed-Up Magic Trick
    Priscilla Burris
    Janet Stevens, Susan Stevens Crummel
    A Parade of Elephants
    Kevin Henkes
    The Little Rabbit
    Nicola Killen

Book Details

Publication Date
March 1, 2020
Illustration Details
The illustrations were created with pen, ink, watercolor, and gouache.
Page Count
Reading Age
4 - 8 years

Contribute to this page

Core Score - 51%

More than halfway there—keep going!

Depth Score - 37%

Just the barebones.

Improve this page

Are you the author or illustrator? Claim your book.