Mr. Zinger's Hat by Cary Fagan, illustrated by Dusan Petricicis the story of a young boy, Leo, who happens to cross paths with an elderly writer, Mr. Zinger. When Leo accidentally knocks Mr. Zinger's hat off his head with a ball, Mr. Zinger suggests that perhaps there is something inside the hat, "a story trying to get out." Mr. Zinger starts to tell Leo the story inside the hat, but soon Leo is adding suggestions and creative solutions. Leo learns that he too has stories inside him, waiting to come out of his baseball cap.
I felt a little emotional about this book because it reminded me of my high school English teacher who inspired in me the love of creating a story. The illustrations are bright watercolor images for the majority of the book. However, the part of the book that describes the story they create is cartoony, on a slightly different color paper. It's a very creative way to differentiate between the two aspects of the book.