This Is Not My Hat

Jon Klassen, Author, Jon Klassen, Illustrator
Jon Klassen. Candlewick, $15.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-7636-5599-0
Reviewed on: 08/27/2012
Release date: 10/09/2012
Paperback - 34 pages - 978-986-241-713-3
Hardcover - 33 pages - 978-4-86101-233-4
Compact Disc - 978-0-545-67551-2
Compact Disc - 978-0-545-67552-9
Hardcover - 31 pages - 978-89-527-6881-0
Hardcover - 36 pages - 978-1-4063-5343-3
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Like Klassen's very funny and much-praised I Want My Hat Back, this story involves a hat theft; this time, Klassen ups the ante by having the thief narrate. It's a small gray fish who has stolen a tiny bowler hat from a much larger fish ("It was too small for him anyway," the little fish sniffs. "It fits me just right"). Klassen excels at using pictures to tell the parts of the story his unreliable narrators omit or evade. "There is someone who saw me already," admits the little fish, about a goggle-eyed crab. "But he said he wouldn't tell anyone which way I went. So I am not worried about that." The spread tells another story; the crab betrays the small fish in a heartbeat, pointing to its hiding place, "where the plants are big and tall and close together." Readers hope for the best, but after the big fish darts in, only one of them emerges, sporting the hat. It's no surprise that the dominant color of the spreads is black. Tough times call for tough picture books. Ages 4–8. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Oct.)
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