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.
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.
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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