This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

86%

14 Critic Reviews

Tough times call for tough picture books.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

WINNER OF THE 2013 CALDECOTT MEDAL!

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.
 

About Jon Klassen

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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.
 
Published October 9, 2012 by Candlewick. 40 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.
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Critic reviews for This Is Not My Hat
All: 14 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
on Aug 29 2012

Klassen combines spare text and art to deliver no small measure of laughs in another darkly comic haberdashery whodunit.

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NY Times

Above average
on Nov 09 2012

“This Is Not My Hat” is complicated.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Aug 27 2012

Tough times call for tough picture books.

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Common Sense Media

Good
on Oct 09 2012

The text and illustrations are simple, but they pack a punch with understated humor and even a life lesson about moral comeuppance.

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We Love This Book

Excellent
on Oct 11 2012

Thrillingly original and subtle in its approach to storytelling, Klassen's illustrations make this a gorgeous, stylish item in its own right.

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NY Daily News

Good
Reviewed by MINH LE on Jan 29 2013

This is pretty complex stuff for a picture book. Pulling it off required a deft touch with pitch-perfect timing and pacing. Klassen manages it well and with illustrations that conjure up the classics of Leo Lionni, albeit updated with a morbidly modern sense of humor.

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Booklist Online

Excellent

Once again, the simple, dramatic tension and macabre humor mesh splendidly with Klassen’s knack for tiny, telling details and knockout page turns.

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Shelf Awareness

Excellent
on Aug 01 2012

Klassen once again gets the tone pitch perfect.

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A Patchwork of Books

Good
on Oct 11 2012

This is a second thought-provoking musing on the nature of crime and punishment.

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The Horn Book

Above average
Reviewed by Robin Smith on Sep 26 2012

Klassen continues to be the master of black and brown, and the viewer will not tire of the palette. Little eyes will pore over the end pages, looking for evidence of foul play, but all the interaction between the two characters takes place where the plants grow tall and close together, obscuring the view. Darkly hilarious.

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Youth Services Book Review

Excellent
on Oct 14 2012

It is amazing that Klassen conveys so much with the briefest of text and the subtle movement of eyes.

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CM

Good
on Nov 16 2012

lassen’s latest book will be fun to read aloud to little ones and should find its rightful place on the elementary library shelf next to his 2010 award-winning picture book.

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Provo City Library's Children Book Review

Good
on Oct 17 2012

This is Not My Hat is not a sequel to I Want My Hat Back, but it is an equally fun chapeau caper!

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Media Mikes

Good
on Sep 14 2012

It is rare that picture-books are long on the New York Times Bestsellers but like Klassen first book, this one deserves to be up there also.

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