Here’s my book!

Squeeeeeeeeee!!!

So, now that I’ve sent off books to all the amazing folk who supported my book-printing crowd-funding campaign… the time has come to offer the book to everyone else!

My 80-page, full-colour, illustrated book is now available world-wide!

  • You can buy it on Amazon by clicking here.
  • You can download a PDF version by clicking here.
  • Or – you can order a personalised, printed-in-South-Africa version directly from me.  Find out more by clicking here.

Just a heads up:  My new “Mad Hat” website is still very much a work-in-progress (you’ll see what I mean if you visit it!)… it’s a bit of a mess… but… yes, well, whatevs…

So – for those of you who haven’t seen the book… here is a nice, long, technicolour preview of the first pages of my book… plus – at the end of this post – I’ve added a whole bunch of excerpts from people who wrote to me after reading the “Hat” story…  🙂

Oh – one more thing:  it’s a poem – so to enjoy it at it’s best – read it out aloud 🙂

Here goes:

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Page 17

Page 18

Page 19

Page 20

Page 21

Page 22

Phew!

So there’s the first 18 pages of my 80 page book.

Something I wanted to make sure everyone understands (in order to avoid any misunderstanding, confusion or disappointment) is that – even though this is an illustrated book written as a poem – it wasn’t originally intended to be a children’s book.

There are a couple of topics that I touch upon (eating disorders, low self-esteem, marital infidelity)… which might be a bit too intense for younger children.

My kids (aged 7 and 9) enjoyed it – of course… and I think there’s a number of topics in there that will resonate well with teens…  but I suggest some parental guidance for younger kids, for sure.

Okay… here’s some fantastic (and very appreciated) feedback from some of the (many) people from around the world who have connected with me after reading the “Hat” story….

All my life, I was told to be quiet, calm down, talk less.  Everything that is ME seems to be too much for most people.  I became an apologetic and insecure adult who spent time pleasing everybody but herself, constantly toning down everything from my laugh to my sense of style.  Everything about your story is wonderful beyond the words I have to express it.  Thank-you for doing this” – (Giselle)

Your story and your poem hit me in the heart and reached my soul.  I burst into tears as I read your words because it resonated so deeply.  My sobbing, uncontrollable, as I considered all the people trapped in society’s ‘norm’.  You must get this message out!” – (Lexi)

I’m spending a lot of time trying to figure out how to get my ‘Hat’ness’ back and trying to understand how I lost it in the first place.  I now have a little boy and I don’t want him to lose sight of his dreams as I lost sight of mine” – (Joshua)

I love your poem.  I cried and had to stop reading to dry my eyes several times.  This is my daughter.  She is 13.  I get called into school to discuss her ‘problems’ almost monthly.  Thank-you for the inspiration I received whilst reading your work of art” – (Ashley)

Hat’s story has verbalised everything I’ve ever felt” – (Ayesha)

Everything that I have just read has hit home so hard that I find myself in tears.  My daughter is just as you’ve described.  Happy, loving, creative and insanely funny.  She loves to talk, sing and dance… but has been labelled ‘a problem’ by the teachers at her school who tell me she should be on medication.  Thank-you for shedding a different light on this issue.  I am now determined not to silence my daughter’s voice or creativity” – (Cari)

The part about the Invisible Woman really resonated with me.  After many years living in the shadows of a successful executive, I became known only as his wife.  Tracy ran away.  I lost my own voice and I let my husband take complete control of our lives.  I became The Invisible Woman and invisible people don’t have ideas and opinions.  Well, slowly but surely, I have decided that I’m going to find my voice again” – (Tracy)

I feel overwhelmed.  I just wanted to say how beautiful your book is and to thank you from those of us still trying to break free.  You are a gift” – (Dorean)

Hat’s words have had a profound effect on me, not only in regards to myself but also in how I parent my son who has Aspergers” – (Gini)

Your book is a thing of beauty.  The story is compelling and the artwork is fabulous.  I have read it… and read it… and lost count of how many times I’ve read it.  Every page was a joy to read – even the darker ones” – (Rachel)

I am 37 and going back to school to get a degree in dance.  After thinking it was stupid and wasteful and saving it for my daydreams for 20 years, something snapped in me and I made the decision.  I’m going to use your story to teach my 10 year old son about all the ups and downs.  Trying to be ‘normal’ was bad for me too.  I want to do everything I can to make sure that my son understands that nobody can tell him who to be, that he never has to change based on the thoughts / opinions of another person (of any age)… and that ‘weird’ is not an insult” – (Mariana)

I am a home-educating mum in New Zealand.  I have a ‘Hat’ daughter.  Your story is beautiful, poignant… and very needed” – (Miko)

I am a fellow outcast – rediscovering myself in a big, scary world.  Thank-you, oh thank-you… for finding yourself and sharing your story” – (Sarah)

I LOVE Hat!  I can SO identify!” – (Retsy)

Wow.  I’ve just read that and cried.  This is me, and I’ve been told so many of the same things.  I am trying to dig myself out of ‘normal’.  I still hear these voices saying “You’re not good enough, you’re too fat, nobody will like your art”… so I find myself hiding.  You do what you do for ALL of us” – (Donna)

Your poem is beautiful.  It captured my heart and my mind.  I want to have your books around for myself and as a reminder to allow my children to be the ‘Hats’ that they are” – (Louise)

Tears.  Love it.  Couldn’t feel more this way.  Grew up in foster homes.  Stifled the artist.  Never felt like I fit in.  Still don’t.  Still searching for the courage to be me.  Thank-you” – (Zephyr)

“Your book is so much more than I ever imagined.  I was crying by page 1 and had a few sobs while reading your story.  My daughter’s eyes were brimming too.  May your book touch and help SO many lives in the years to come” – (Ingrid)

“Keep Hatting the world!”(Rachel)

So – there you have it.

If you want the book… click here.

And – finally – (again)…. THANK-YOU, THANK-YOU, THANK-YOU!!!  Not only to the backers… but to EVERY person who has journeyed alongside me as I’ve worked on this project!  I deeply appreciate you all!

Hat x

 

3 thoughts on “Here’s my book!

  1. Heather,
    I . LOVE. YOUR . BOOK !!!!! I took it with me to the ER on Tuesday and read it with my best friend I had taken in for complications from surgery. We both absolutely loved it !! She is fine, by the way !!! I know I will be reading it over and over. Your illustrations are wonderful !!! Your story touches me so deeply , as much of it is my story too !! Thank you for giving those of us who have lost who we are a voice !! Your book was needed and will help many people find their hatness as well !!!
    You are awesome and your book is just wonderful !!! Thank you !!! Stephie

    • Stephie… wow…. thanks SO much for writing to me and for these wonderful words! I am SO glad you received the book (some backers are still patiently waiting for theirs!! eek!! I hope nothing has been lost in the post!!!)… but I’m even MORE glad that you have written to me with your very kind words! I really appreciate it so much! Have a LOVELY day!!!…. XX

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