This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

Published: October 9th 2012Goodreads badge
Publisher:
 Candlewick
Illustrator: Jon Klassen
Pages: 40
Format: Picture Book
★   ★   ★   ★   ★  – 5 Stars

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…

I have so much love for this book. Klassen tells a brilliant story, there are two layers and it’s hilarious how they contradict one another. This is the second book in the Hat Trilogy and it’s clear from page one it is as wonderful as the first hat fiasco.

The narrator is a small fish who has stolen a hat, and reading about how he is going to get away with it is wonderful because the illustrations show you the exact opposite. I love the illustrations of both fish. Klassen puts so much expression into an expressionless fish and the attitude of both parties is amusing.

The text is simple and on top of the page and the illustrations are dark like the ocean and it works well because it focuses your eyes on the two fish without much distraction. The story is simple, straightforward, and yet Klassen has told a thrilling underwater tale all the same.

You can purchase This is Not My Hat via the following

QBD | Booktopia | Book Depository

Dymocks | WorderyAngus and Robinson

 Fishpond | Amazon | Amazon Aust

 

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