This Is Not My Hat

Klassen, J. (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
This Is Not My Hat

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A tiny minnow wearing a pale blue bowler hat has a thing or two up his fins in this underwater light-on-dark chase scene.
Authors: Klassen, J.
Title: This is not my hat
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. :, Candlewick Press,, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Summary: A tiny minnow wearing a pale blue bowler hat has a thing or two up his fins in this underwater light-on-dark chase scene.
Awards & Distinctions: Caldecott Medal Award, 2013 Winner
Local Note: (10/12)ss
ISBN: 9780763655990
Branch Call Number: Ju E KLA
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We liked this book because the little fish stole the hat and it fit him right and we liked how the story ended because we didn't know what happened to the little fish- maybe the big fish ate the small fish up.

Report This Jan 15, 2014
  • brendaspencer008 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book for inferencing ...... what happened to the little fish? No one ever really knows. We have a song that goes with this book. Oh where, oh where has the little fish gone? Oh where, oh where can he be? He took the hat from the big fish and swam. Oh where, oh where could he be?

Report This Dec 27, 2013
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Everyone, no matter how old or young, should read the "hat books" by Klassen. Worth the time, priceless illustrations (which tell a good portion of the story).

Not as excellent as "I want my hat back" but still very good. A little gritty, in a good way. Though I often wonder about the avenging aspect of these two books: how to children process revenge? As justice or cruelty?

Report This Jun 22, 2013
  • Yahong_Chi rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

All right, so it's no big secret: our fishy protagonist has stolen a hat. (At least he doesn't try to deny it, right?) Narrating his progress in one continuous monologue, the fish makes his way through the pitch-black sea, with only rocks and seaweed to ground our progress through the negative space. The monologue is as simple as the illustration, and as fitting: "I know it's wrong to steal a hat," the fish explains. "I know it does not belong to me. But I am going to keep it. It was too small for him anyway. It fits me just right." Those last two lines are so perfect. <3 As the fish talks, we're shown the big fish in question. His eyes roll up to examine his empty head, then squint suspiciously as our narrator blithely says, "I stole it from a big fish... he probably won't know it was me who took it." It's all in the details, and with Klassen's singular illustration style, they carry the story. Another recurring aspect that Klassen manipulates very well is the linear progression of the story. It's a constant chase that keeps our eye moving naturally to the right. And then the climax arrives, a full two-page spread drawing a veil of weeds between us and the action... until finally we see the tail of the big fish swimming away to the left, back to where he came from. And yep, he's got his hat back.

Report This Apr 16, 2013
  • KRockstar10 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Not as good as "I Want My Hat Back," but still very cute,

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  • JCLHelenH rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Nobody does eyeballs better than Jon Klassen.

Winner of the Caldecott medal

Report This Jan 16, 2013
  • El_Gato rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Another great one from Jon Klassen. The whole time the kids were anticipating the outcome and were not disappointed. So subtle yet so funny!

Report This Dec 18, 2012
  • forbesrachel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The follow-up book to "I Want My Hat Back", which I do recommend be read first, for there are elements this story makes use of to make it all the more funny. "This is Not My Hat" is very well thought out and paced; the expressions of the big fish that counter the thoughts of the little fish, and the story idea itself are absolutely hilarious. This is a great one to read out loud.

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