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Wednesday 27 April 2011

Review: Sebastian Lives in a Hat

In this very sweet book, originally published over 20 years ago, we meet Sebastian, a baby wombat rescued and cared for by an (unseen) family. Sebastian in particular, loves his brown, woolly hat.

There are a few themes in this book – the concept of caring for animals, native wildlife and the unfortunate death of Sebastian’s mother – that make this book’s recommended age group a little more important than usual.

It also features some amusing scenes around Sebastian having to use the “toilet” and what happens when his hat gets, well, a little dirty that make it quintessentially Australian.

The illustrations, in watercolour, are evocative and sweet and really add to the story.

This review by KBR contributor, Cat Conidi.

Title: Sebastian Lives in a Hat
Author: Thelma Catterwell
Illustrator: Kerry Argent
Publisher: Omnibus Books, $12.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1985
Format: Softcover
ISBN: 9781862910980
For ages: 3-5
Type: Picture book