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This Is Not My Hat Hardcover – October 9, 2012
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Reviewer: Abbygail aged 6
and her Grammy, aged old
Abbygail says: My (first grade) science teacher read "I Want My Hat Back" and I liked it. I read "This Is Not My Hat" by myself with Grammy's help.
The words were easy or hard to read. I sounded-out the hard words and now they are easy.
I liked the story and I liked the big fish. The bubbles create movement.
The little fish was bad and the big fish was just a big fish. You don't steal from a big fish.
Grammy says: Jon was kind enough to speak at the bookseller convention and explain his thought process in creating this book. I was going to take notes but I was laughing too hard.
I found the colors muted - mostly in browns, greens, greys, and black. The drawings were simple. The language was limited and the story line very straight forward. The dialog is all little fish comments. The big fish actually shows all the emotions Jon Klassen proves himself an expert at editing both language and content. In other words, Jon is a genius.
My first grade Abbygail has taken to reading and easily read most of little fish comments. The words she had problems with like "probably" and "won't" were repeated over and over and she quickly recognized them. This is a quick read even for a noobie reader and at first she wanted to race through the story until she noticed the EYE... and then later the bubbles which she explained to me shows movement. "See grammy big fish isn't moving because bubbles go up... and now big fish is moving."
Be prepared to read this book over and over. There is a moral. The ending is open for discussion.
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.
My daughter seems very confused as to why the small fish is so blatantly bad. Why does he steal, and make excuses for himself. On the other hand she can't support the bigger fish who obviously kills the smaller fish for no other reason than revenge (the small fish was obviously not a physical threat to him). Essentially no character is easy to relate to, despite their cute character design. For this reason the book was shelved after just a few readings. I can't recommend this story because even if your children can eventually relate to the characters, I personally feel they shouldn't because they are just a bit too bleak. Avoid.
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I ordered this book for a friend's grandson and she (friend) loves it! I will purchase this book for my young granddaughter.Published 18 days ago by KELLY COLVARD-WALTER
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