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This Is Not My Hat Hardcover – October 9, 2012
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Amazon Best Books of the Year 2012: Jon Klassen first surprised readers with his runaway best seller, I Want My Hat Back, and his follow-up, This Is Not My Hat is an inside out version that is even more fun. Not only did Klassen go with a dark color scheme where the last was light, the action takes place underwater with much of the story told through the expressive illustrations of sea creatures. From the little fish who steals a bowler hat to the crab who sells him out with eyeballs pointing the way, there are lots of laughs along with lessons. This time Klassen created an ambiguous ending that invites lively conversation about the possible outcomes and ultimately leaves it up to the child to decide the little fish's fate with every reading. --Seira Wilson
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PreS-Gr 1-With this new creation, Klassen repeats the theme from I Want My Hat Back (Candlewick, 2011), but with a twist. The narrator here is the thief-a small, self-confident fish who has pilfered a little blue bowler from a big sleeping fish. He wastes no time or words in confessing his crime as he swims across the page announcing, "This hat is not mine. I just stole it." He continues his narrative with no regrets, but with a bit of rationalizing ("It was too small for him anyway.") as he swims to his hiding place, unaware that the big fish is in quiet pursuit. Readers, of course, are in on this little secret. When the two disappear into a spread filled with seaweed, the narration goes silent, and youngsters can easily surmise what happens as the big fish reemerges with the tiny blue bowler atop his head. 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.-Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, Cincinnati, OHα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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My daughter and I hotly debated the end. We know the big fish emerges from the dense plants with his hat back and we no longer hear from the little fish. I am firmly in the little-fish-got-eaten camp but my daughter believes he is hiding in shame. Such fun regardless!
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.
This story ceters around a fish that steals a hat from a big fish that is asleep and thinks that big fish will never know. He runs off with the hat convincing himself that the hat is too small for the other fish and that it's OK that he steal, but immediately after he makes off with the goods, that fish wakes up and decides it's not OK to steal his hat!
Again, subtleties abound in this work and the previous one that I myself did not get until reading these books numerous times. There is so much room to expand on these stories on each page as well that it's really part of the fun. What do you think that fish is thinking about!? Is a common question we are asking. If you are a creative reader with your kids-this will allow you to expand that significantly and have fun while doing so! A must for the two year old along with I Want My Hat Back.