Title: The Pink Hat
Written and illustrated by Andrew Joyner
Published by Penguin Random House Australia
RRP: $24.99 (AUD)

A woman knits a pink hat, wearing it and the using it to keep her toes warm. A cat then finds the pink hat, having fun with it until it falls through a window. The pink hat then gets passed, in some way or another, from person to person, use to use, until a young girl saves the hat, washes it and wears it. After many wears she looks out the window and sees many pink hats. She runs outside to join the Women’s March.

This is Andrew Joyner’s first picture book he has written as well as illustrated, and what a gem it is! Colour, direction and line have been used in his recognizable cartoon style illustrations depicting the life of the pink knitted hat. The use of colour is my most favourite, for the illustrations are mostly in black and white, with pink being the only other colour used. Of course the hat is pink, but so is the line depicting the movement of the hat, the rosy cheeks of the characters involved with the hat, and the calendar in the girl’s room showing the date, January 21. This is the date of the Women’s March, held internationally in 2017, which this book so beautifully celebrates. According to the blurb in the back of the book, this march was “one of the largest political demonstrations in history”. The first letter is also in pink, as is one entire page towards the end of the book, just before the reader views the march.

This is a remarkable creation. Very few words have been used, allowing the illustrations to tell the story in an uplifting and genuine manner. I cannot wait to share this with my adult friends and colleagues, and I am sure it will do very well in schools and public libraries.

Read about what Andrew Joyner says about his new book, and the march, here.

Many thanks to Penguin Random House for supplying this book for review.