Newspaper Hats by Phil Cummings
Published by Scholastic Australia
‘Georgie walked through the doors that opened like curtains. ‘Will Grandpa remember me today?’ she asked. Her father squeezed her hand and smiled. ‘Wait and see.’
Newspaper Hats is a lovely hardcover picture book that takes the reader on a soft and gentle journey through a young girl’s visit to her Grandpa. Worryingly, this visit is a point of concern for Georgie as her Grandpa is afflicted with a form of memory loss.
Phil Cummings’ story focuses on Georgie’s want for her Grandpa to remember her, and he has delivered her vision in a very real and engaging manner - many will be able to relate to the young girl’s experience. Culminating in the connection the two share in making paper hats together, the sentiment provides a beautiful narrative which is only enhanced by the art and design of the book.
With lovely attention to detail, I especially enjoyed the inside sleeves as they are a clever depiction of old wallpaper made from pasted newspaper articles. Owen Swan’s watercolour and pencil illustrations captures the rest of Georgie’s world perfectly with a childlike curiosity.
On what can be a sombre and painful topic, I feel this book would be a perfect way to broach such a subject with a young one, whilst also being a good looking book to have on the shelf.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Phil Cummings
Illustrator: Owen Swan
Title: Newspaper Hats
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: July 2015