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We Found a Hat based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Jon Klassen seems to have a knack for the understated, the sparse, the hidden meanings when he puts forth his gems of children's books. When I reviewed I Want My Hat Back and Sam and Dave Dig A Hole I was surprised at the simplicity of his illustrations and yet they seemed to grab your attention and shout, "I'm not simple, I'm simply understated." Again in We Found A Hat Klassen has taken the simple palette of neutrals - browns, black, and white to show how two friends or companions act when they find a hat. One hat. Two companions or friends. As in much of life, the telling is in the eyes and so it is when one friend really, really likes and wants the hat. Who will enjoy this children's book? Well, the dry, understated humor and art work will appeal to the sophisticated adult and the cuteness of the story and the illustrations will appeal to kids. Usually, kid's books are explosions of brilliant or perhaps pastel colors. Klassen shows how a simple palette works equally as well. I recommend this for libraries and homes where you enjoy subtle humor, simplicity and understated story and art. I received a complimentary copy from Candlewick to facilitate this review of my own opinions. I was not compensated. Winner's giveaway copy is provided and shipped by Candlewick directly to the winner.
We Found a Hat, is a book about two turtles who live together in the desert, and are friends. One day they find a hat. But there are two of them, and they both want the hat, but there is only one hat. So the solution is to leave it, so that neither of them has the hat, but they both really want it, so what will they do? The book is a short picture book split into three sections ‘Finding the Hat’, ‘Watching the Sunset’, ‘Going to Sleep’. The graphic’s are very basic and there is not much in the way of imagery on each page. The synopsis states, this is visual comedy, deceptive simplicity and delicious deadpan humour. Whilst I can see the visual comedy and the simplicity, the humour escaped me. Now I like funny things, from movies, tv programmes, books, jokes, but I just didn’t get the humour in the story. No matter how many times I read it, it escaped me! It’s a book that if you were reading with your little one’s, would take you about two minutes to get through, yet it does give you enough to talk about for probably the next five. An unusual book, but one that will get people talking.