Stubbs’ sublime, exuberantly lined illustrations bounce from scenario to scenario with a consistent sense of magical optimism, carried in each red burst and pale swoop of gray-blue. At each picture’s center sit the elder and the child, an intergenerational dialogue that asks for the warmth of ambitious imagination and its potential in life. Alone with the hat on their head, the child travels to places “way down deep” and “way up high” before returning home, reunited with the elder whose arms guarantee an embrace. “This hat is for you,” concludes the elder’s promise, a rousing appeal carried by the weight of dreams. Like a gentle prod to the heart.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)