Books > Frank's Red Hat

Picture Book
Suitable for 5 - 8 years

Frank is a penguin with ideas. Mostly terrible ones. That’s why his fellow penguins are nervous when he shows them his strange new creation. Something they’d never seen or expected to see in their cold and colourless Antarctic world — a red hat.

A story about never giving up on your talents, because even though what you do may not be appreciated right now, it may be in time. Possibly by someone you’d least expect.

Winner of the CBCA Shadow Judges Picture Book of the Year Award.

Shortlisted for the Indie Book of the Year Award; the WAYRBA Picture Book of the Year Award; CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award; translated into Korean, French, German and Danish.

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Praise for Frank:

It’s safe to say the latest picture book from Sean E Avery is brilliant. It’s no wonder Sean is being touted as Australia’s own Jon Klassen.
-Jan Nicholls
Former president of CBCA (WA branch)

A delightfully charming and cheekily dark picture book about staying true to yourself and creating things that make you happy.
-Books and Publishing

A masterfully illustrated picture book with a kind heart (and delicious smattering of dark humour). Comparisons to Klassen are well deserved. Destined to be a bestseller.
-James Foley
Award-winning author-illustrator

This extraordinary picture book has it all. I adored it from the first moment I read it. And my four-year-old granddaughter feels the same way. And she’s particularly impressed that the word “red” in the title is actually coloured red. All power to the designer. And all power to Sean. A powerful creator.
-Linsay Knight
Former head publisher, Walker Books Australia