Thursday, October 23, 2014

This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

This is Not My Hat
by Jon Klassen
Picture Book
October 2012

Book Jacket Summary
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.

My Thoughts
How did I miss reviewing this one? I can honestly say that Klassen has never disappointed me when it comes to picture books. He is probably my favorite now and it is easy to see why. His humor is kinda macabre and tone is just spot on. It just makes me laugh. I just want to flip back to the beginning and start again. The expressions on the big fish just make me giggle.
This is Not My Hat is in the same vein as I Want My Hat Back in that a hat is stolen except this time it is the point of view of the thief, a small fish that feels entitled to a small hat that belongs to a big fish. He wants to hide out and not get caught but we all know that Klassen won't let this happen. we never do find out what happens to him. I think kids will be able to draw their own conclusions though. You should go out and buy it- along with I Want my Hat Back because they are practically flip side of the same coin. They balance each other out.      

Book Pairings
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
Extra Yarn by Marc Barnett
The Dark by Lemony Snicket


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