This Is Not My Hat

This Is Not My Hat

by Jon Klassen


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The 2013 Caldecott Medal winner!

From the creator of the #1 New York Times best-selling and award-winning I Want My Hat Back comes a second wry tale.

When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it’s a good thing that enormous fish won’t wake up. And even if he does, it’s not like he’ll ever know what happened. . . . Visual humor swims to the fore as the best-selling Jon Klassen follows his breakout debut with another deadpan-funny tale.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763655990
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 10/09/2012
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 44,587
Product dimensions: 8.14(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile: AD340L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Jon Klassen is the creator of the 2012 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book and New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year I Want My Hat Back. He is also the illustrator of Caroline Stutson’s Cats’ Night Out, winner of the prestigious Governor General’s Award for Illustration. Jon Klassen has worked as an illustrator for feature animated films, music videos, and editorial pieces. Originally from Niagara Falls, Ontario, he now lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Klassen’s authorial debut, I WANT MY HAT BACK (2011), became one of the surprise picture-book hits of the year, and while it’s tempting to see this follow-up as a sequel, it’s really only related in its hat-theft theme, animal characters, deadpan humor, and a suggestively dark conclusion. . . . The simple, dramatic tension and macabre humor that’s right at a kid’s level of deviousness mesh splendidly with Klassen’s knack for tiny, telling details and knockout page turns. Who knew hat thievery was such a bottomless well?

The eyes have it in Klassen’s latest hat book (I WANT MY HAT BACK). Klassen manages to tell almost the whole story through subtle eye movements and the tilt of seaweed and air bubbles. . . Darkly hilarious.
—The Horn Book

Simplicity is key in both text and illustrations. The black underwater provides the perfect background for the mostly gray-toned fish and seaweed while the monochromatic palette strips the artwork down to essential, yet exquisite design. Movement is indicated with a trail of small white bubbles. This not-to-be-missed title will delight children again and again.
—School Library Journal

Klassen excels at using pictures to tell the parts of the story his unreliable narrators omit or evade.
—Publishers Weekly

Klassen combines spare text and art to deliver no small measure of laughs in another darkly comic haberdashery whodunit...Hats off!
—Kirkus Reviews

This is, quite simply, an outstanding book—and that ain’t no fish tale.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Absolutely gorgeous artwork (digitally assembled Chinese ink illustrations) and an utterly original voice in the picture book world.
—Apartment Therapy

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This Is Not My Hat 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Illustrations were great. The ending of the book was awful and now that I was able to read the whole book, I can not give it as a gift as originally planned. Unfortunately online I was not able to read the whole book. This is the first and last time I buy a children's book without reading the whole thing. Very disappointed.
PA-Book-Lover More than 1 year ago
Jon Klassen is an unassuming Canadian-born illustrator who claims he never wrote anything other than emails until his controversial picturebook bestseller, “I Want My Hat Back.” This year he followed up with a Caldecott Honor Book, "Extra Yarn," written by Mac Barnett, and the Caldecott Medal winner, “This Is Not My Hat.” Quite a hat trick indeed. To recap “I Want My Hat Back”: A polite bear in search of his lost hat interviews his forest neighbors, each of whom denies having seen it. Belatedly, the bear realizes the rabbit lied, exacts revenge and retrieves what’s his. The revenge takes place off-page but is apparently lethal. Hence the controversy. It would be funny if “This Is Not My Hat” were a sequel in which the bear discovers – oops – the hat he took from the rabbit wasn’t his hat after all. But in fact the more recent book is about fish. As the similar titles imply, though, it deals with similar issues, ones that will be familiar to any tyke that’s ever braved the wilds of preschool, or any fan of a Clint Eastwood western (think “Pale Rider” and “High Plains Drifter”) in which great wrong is avenged, the moral code upheld, and the universe returned to stasis. Here is the setup: Wearing a stolen bowler hat, a little beige fish makes his getaway through the inky black sea, all the while proclaiming guilelessly that he’s going to get away with his crime: “I know it’s wrong to steal a hat. I know it does not belong to me. But I am going to keep it.” Meanwhile, unbeknownst to the thief, the hat’s big-fish owner has awakened from his nap and … the chase is on! This apparently simple book is structurally complex. For example, the narrator is the bad guy, and if justice is to be served, he won’t be around to narrate anymore. How will the author pull this off? Indeed, the ending is mysterious. Something happens between the little fish and the big fish in the kelp forest. We don’t know what. What we know (spoiler alert!) is the narration has ceased, and the big fish has his hat back. Like the story, the illustrations are deceptively simple. With the tilt of a fish eye or the placement of an air bubble, Klassen conveys both motion and emotion. I also want to give him a shout-out for a crab that looks downright Eric Carle-esque, that plays a key role and serves as the literal bright spot in the appropriately subdued palette.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is Not My Hat may be my favorite children's book. I picked it up in the store and laughed so hard. Jon Klassen's illustrations are simplistic and yet are able to tell the half of the story not told in the narration. Fantastic book to read with children and talk about the pictures and moral of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We love this book!
LTay More than 1 year ago
Well deserving Caldecott winner. Illustrations are beautiful, subtle cues in the pictures tell what the narration doesn't. I don't agree with the reviewer that was so upset at the ending. Kids are not traumatized by this stuff. At least the six year old boy who brought it home to may house freom teh library wasn't. He loved it. Will be reading "I Want My Hat Back" next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simple and fun illustrations make this a good "read to me" selection.
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psycheKK More than 1 year ago
This Is Not My Hat is a companion piece to Jon Klassen's earlier I Want My Hat Back, only it takes place underwater instead of in a forest; and the story is told from the point of view of the thief and not the, er, victim.  The end result, however, is pretty much the same.  If you don't like I Want My Hat Back because of the conclusion, you will not like This Is Not My Hat, either.  It helps to have a sense of humor.  It helps even more if your humor has dark tendencies. The artwork for This is Not My Hat is every bit as wickedly delightful as the earlier book's, with a bit more of a build-up in the tension and a seek-and-find on one of the two-page spreads. 
book4children More than 1 year ago
If you are not familiar with John Klassen's work yet, then I feel really sorry for you. There are few author/illustrators out there that are as brilliant as he is. I love every single one of his books. I have friends that buy his picture books even though they don't have kids. The text in This is Not My Hat is simple and humorous. The illustrations are likewise simple, but expressive. Klassen's style is unique and very entertaining. I cannot say enough good things about his books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first grade class loved this book.
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Bucky75 More than 1 year ago
My grandson loved following the fish with the stolen hat. He loved both the story and the illustrations. He is the best recommendation for this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
thr story tells of a little theif who thinks he is so smart and that his victim is a big slow moving dummy who won't miss his hat nor be able to find him- but he is sooooo wrong. the story is adorable and the illustrations are magical.
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Written simply and artfully illustrated, perfect for the little one you want to teach about the inadvisability of taking something that isn't yours.
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KnightTime More than 1 year ago
I must admit, winners of the Caldecott Medal naturally grab my attention, which in this case caused me to buy the book sight unseen. Was I disappointed? Not in the least. The story is quite simple, the illustrations use mostly earth tones, yet both come together to create an engaging and enlightening story. I teach fourth grade, but I took it to school and shared it with a class of 20 kindergarten children. We discussed the actions of the small fish, the subsequent actions of the big fish, and which fish should have the hat. After the book, each student received a sheet with a drawing of both fish along with a separate drawing of one hat. Each child then decided which fish deserved the hat. Each child made an independent decision and glued the hat to one fish. They were then free to color the fish using their own styles. Incidentally, the big fish was an overwhelming favorite to wear the hat.
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Amalamina More than 1 year ago
What a great book!
kidzbkcrusader More than 1 year ago
This is one of the funniest picture books I have ever read. Super cleaver illustrtions. Jon Klassen has a wonderful career ahead of him for sure :)
dpetie3 More than 1 year ago
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