The Hatmakers by Tamzin Merchant ★★★★★ #BookReview #BookBlog

Primary Genre(s): Children’s Fiction, Middle Grade, Historical Fantasy
Published: 2 Feb 2021 by Norton Young Readers
Page count: 368 (print length)
My Format: eBook via NetGalley (ARC)
Cover: Whimsical
Pacing: Good
Ending: Great
Do I Recommend: Yes
Commission Link (U.S.): Buy The Hatmakers

My rating: ★★★★★

Cordelia comes from a long line of magical milliners, who weave alchemy and enchantment into every hat. In Cordelia’s world, Making – crafting items such as hats, cloaks, watches, boots and gloves from magical ingredients – is a rare and ancient skill, and only a few special Maker families remain.

When Cordelia’s father Prospero and his ship, the Jolly Bonnet, are lost at sea during a mission to collect hat ingredients, Cordelia is determined to find him. But Uncle Tiberius and Aunt Ariadne have no time to help the littlest Hatmaker, for an ancient rivalry between the Maker families is threatening to surface. Worse, someone seems to be using Maker magic to start a war.

It’s up to Cordelia to find out who, and why . . .

My Thoughts
I couldn’t pass up a chance to read this book based on the synopsis and the beautiful cover art. Here are my pros and cons for The Hatmakers:


  1. First, shout out to Paola Escobar who provided illustrations!
  2. I loved the concept of creating hats to help (or hurt) the wearer! Thankfully, the Hatmakers were a family who were against doing anything bad to the wearers of their hats, so they focused on only providing helpful headwear!
  3. The writing style was awesome. I was drawn in from the beginning and the story developed wonderfully!
  4. The story is full of humor, intrigue, daring-do, deceit, grief, magic, and adventure! There is literally a bit of everything in this wonderful book!
  5. The world-building was awesome. Yes, we are in London, but it is a magical London and it is so much fun.
  6. Cordelia is a spunky, tenacious, smart, daring young female protagonist. I loved her!
  7. Very satisfying ending.


  1. I have one con, and I am nitpicking, but aside from Cordelia, I didn’t feel like the characters were very fleshed out. I personally wanted a little more substance for the secondary characters, but it didn’t impact my overall opinion of the book.

Apparently this book is the first in a series starring Cordelia Hatmaker and I cannot wait to read more about this spunky and smart young lady!

Written for reading ages 9 to 12 (grade level 3 to 7), although I honestly think teens and adults would enjoy this book, too!

Thank you NetGalley and Norton Young Readers for providing an ebook, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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