Bridget's Beret


Bridget loves to draw, and she always wears her black beret for artistic inspiration. So when her beloved beret blows away, she's sure her talent is gone along with it. She searches high and low. She files a Missing Beret Report. She even tries other hats, but none of them do the trick. So Bridget does what any self-respecting artist would do. She pouts. And whines. And generally feels sorry for herself. But with a little help from her pals, she soon finds a brush in her hand and regains her artistic mojo.

"A witty, well-shaped story about the dubious necessity of lucky hats and a clever homage to many of the Great Artists and their works, from Leonardo to Warhol."

Kirkus Review, Starred Review

"This smart, saucy book is both a spur to artistic endeavor and a message about inspiration and hard work."

Booklist, Starred Review


  • Monarch Award 2012 Master List
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award 2012 Nominee
  • Georgia Children's Book Award 2011/12 Nominee
  • 2011 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
  • 2011 Choice, Cooperative Children's Book Center/University of Wisconsin
  • Book Page Top Children's Books of 2010
  • Booklist Top 10 Arts Books for Youth
  • Junior Library Guild 2010 Selection
  • Nebraska Golden Sower Primary Award 2012-13 nominee
  • Chosen for Birdville Independent School District Battle of the Books

This book was inspired by my niece Madeline. I tried to capture her natural talent and indomitable spirit. All the children's artwork in this book is based on artwork I've received from kids.
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