Author/Illustrator Hector Mumbly is a pseudonym for Ottawa-based artist Dave Cook. Considering the content of Dave Cook’s paintings can be of an… (ahem)… adult nature, it’s probably best that his first children’s book doesn’t lead unsuspecting children to some of his other material. That being said, his work is fascinating. Dave obviously comes from an underground comics aesthetic. His work is hyper-detailed, hilariously distorted and harkens to aspects of Steamboat Willy-era cartoons and Tom Swift era illsutrations.
In the book, Bagel, an energetic young dog, recounts his day to his incredulous cat friend, Becky, in order to remember when he misplaced his lucky hat. The story caters to Cook’s art stylings, taking Bagel on improbable adventures flying high over the city, into the depths of a secret cluttered laboratory and into outer space. As a visual adventure alone, Bagel’s Lucky Hat is well worth multiple reads with I Spy-type games to take in all the details that Cook has hidden throughout the book.
And for those who like a backstage tour, Dave Cook has offered glimpses into his pencil sketches and inked pages for Bagel’s Lucky Hat.
- Title: Bagel's Lucky Hat
- Author: Hector Mumbly (aka Dave Cooper)
- Illustrator: Hector Mumbly
- Publisher: Chronicle Books
- Pages: 40
- Ages: 4-8
- Reading Level: Ages 4-8
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