This Is Not My Hat by Jon KlassenThis Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

This Is Not My Hat

byJon KlassenIllustratorJon Klassen

Picture Books | October 9, 2012

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The 2013 Caldecott Medal winner!

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.
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 illust...
Title:This Is Not My HatFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:40 pages, 11.31 × 8.19 × 0.38 inPublished:October 9, 2012Publisher:Candlewick PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0763655996

ISBN - 13:9780763655990


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Jon Klassen did not disappoint with this one. Once again and amazing read with truly dazzling picture clues throughout the story. My students love it when I bring out this book.
Date published: 2018-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love This Book! And for so many reasons. On the surface it’s very simplistic. Fish steals hat other fish wants it back. The deeper themes and somewhat dark humour which will entertain parents are what make this deserving of the Caldecott. It can be read as pure entertainment while also allowing for a dialogue about right and wrong and consequences. What I enjoyed most was how the reader is invited to infer their own ending to the story told through the wonderful illustrations.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow! Wow...I just don't know what to say. I was thrown for a loop when the little fish stole the hat...but it's a cute little story and a great conversation starter for kids....or a story prompt....and certainly a great story for inference! Fun!
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More Hat Drama not as hilarious as i want my hat back, but still a lovely story about a hat thief and getting what they deserved. A good lessen for kids not to steal
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another hat thief A neat switch in perspective after the first book into the mind of the ‘villainous’ character— allows kids to think about and discuss the motivations & consequences behind greedy actions. Great use of building suspense and dramatic irony in such a short story. The characters are hilarious and expressive despite the simplicity. Definitely worth the smile!
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fun read! This is a fantastic story where the illustrations tell more of the story than the print. Children enjoy telling the story as we go along, and practice making predictions and inferencing.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Family Favourite! We stumbled on this book by chance and I'm so glad we did! It quickly became a family favourite and we went on to purchase other books in the series!
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny Funny tale of trying to justify your actions (in this case stealing) - and not succeeding.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Love it. The look on my kids faces when I asked what happened to the naughty fish in the end was worth every penny. Funny story that shows selfish actions have consequences, charming illustrations. Jon Klassen's books are all must haves.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I love reading this to my son - very nice illustrations
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny Funny third in the "hat" series.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My kids loved it My kids loved it - great story and illustrations!
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You and your kids will love it! This book is hilarious! I've read it with kids as young as 3 and they adore it (and so do the adults)! You won't get tired of reading this story.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sequel Almost better than the first book "I want my hat back". Such a great moral story for kids to learn about life in a fun and dry humour. A book that kids can appreciate as they grow up.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hats off to Jon Klassen! Hats off to Jon Klassen, I think he pulled off a great book. Because it’s not your usual kind of children’s story and the illustrations beautifully complement the action. We follow little fish swimming his way into hiding after quite shamelessly stealing a hat belonging to a really BIG fish. The build-up of the most amusing visual and textual tension is SO not easy to do. Where is little fish going after stealing the hat? “I am going where the plants grow big and tall and close together. It is very hard to see in there. Nobody will ever find me. There is someone who saw me already.” (A crab.) But he said he wouldn’t tell anyone which way I went.” (The snitch!) “So I am not worried about that.” Right! In the meantime, big fish has opened an eye. He rolls it upward. Uh-oh. He seems to know exactly where to go and the dense tangle of plants is no obstacle. “Nobody will ever find me,” says little fish. Uhuh. What happens to little fish is left to the reader’s imagination. And I like that. And the darkness of this watery world adds to the suspense of this very appealing book. I truly loved it.
Date published: 2013-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent follow-up to I Want My Hat Back? A family favourite.  Has something for the kids and adults alike.  Great art work too.
Date published: 2013-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stellar Follow Up Jon Klassen’s first book “I Want My Hat Back” is an award winner and I believe this, his second book, is destined to be one as well. His understated style and simplified text has appeal for both children and their parents. Little fish is the narrator, but the pictures tell a different story than the text. Is the little fish really safe? The illustrations are done in earth tones, full of texture and expressive which adds a nice dimension to each page. Too often picture books tie things up in neat little packages for kids, but in “This is Not My Hat”, Jon Klassen allows the reader to to come to their own conclusions. The possibilities for extension activities in story time at the library or in a classroom setting are endless. One to buy for your home library. Highly Recommended. For more picture book reviews check out-
Date published: 2012-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is your next fun read! This put a huge smile on my face, having read it early in the morning on a wet, dreary week day. It is cute and fun, and the illustrations are clean and simple. Definitely a quick read for the grown-ups, and is a fantastic animated story-time read to the kiddies!
Date published: 2012-10-17

Editorial Reviews

Any picture book needs to bridge the worlds of adult and child, whether they are the tucker and the tucked in or the experienced reader and the sounder-outer. The negotiations between what grown-ups and children want, and between what adults are familiar with and children are still apprehending, provide the tension that makes children’s books possible. Whether puttering along with Little Tug on the surface or swimming with the fish in the dark below, we’re all in this water together.—New York TimesThis is, quite simply, an outstanding book—and that ain’t no fish tale.—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)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.—School Library Journal (starred review)Klassen’s authorial debut, I WANT MY HAT BACK (2011), became one of the surprise picture-book hits of the year, and while it’s tempting to see this follow-up as a sequel, it’s really only related in its hat-theft theme, animal characters, deadpan humor, and a suggestively dark conclusion. . . . The simple, dramatic tension and macabre humor that’s right at a kid’s level of deviousness mesh splendidly with Klassen’s knack for tiny, telling details and knockout page turns. Who knew hat thievery was such a bottomless well?—Booklist (starred review)Klassen excels at using pictures to tell the parts of the story his unreliable narrators omit or evade.—Publishers Weekly (starred review)Klassen combines spare text and art to deliver no small measure of laughs in another darkly comic haberdashery whodunit...Hats off!—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)The eyes have it in Klassen’s latest hat book (I WANT MY HAT BACK). Klassen manages to tell almost the whole story through subtle eye movements and the tilt of seaweed and air bubbles. . . Darkly hilarious.—The Horn Book (starred review)This would make a remarkable read-aloud for students to interpret the ending in various ways. (Highly Recommended)—Library Media ConnectionJon Klassen once again uses short, declarative sentences, a minimalist palette and a hat to deliver a wallop of an ethics lesson. Having explored the victim's point of view in his debut picture book, I WANT MY HAT BACK, Klassen now shines a light into the mind of a thief. . .Klassen once again gets the tone pitch perfect. His bare-bones text and enigmatic images leave the proceedings open to interpretation. And the ethics questions could keep kids debating for days, laughing all the way to consensus.—Shelf AwarenessAbsolutely gorgeous artwork (digitally assembled Chinese ink illustrations) and an utterly original voice in the picture book world.—Apartment TherapyKlassen once again gets the tone pitch perfect. His bare-bones text and enigmatic images leave the proceedings open to interpretation. And the ethics questions could keep kids debating for days, laughing all the way to consensus. (Starred Review)—Shelf Awareness for ReadersA title that may well earn the moniker of Most Anticipated Picture Book of the Fall 2012 Season.—A Fuse #8 Production (SLJ blog)The central idea here is clever, but it’s the pacing that is impeccable. Like a classic comedy routine, the interplay of text, art, and page turns allow any adult reading this aloud to make it a hit.—Calling Caldecott (Horn Book blog)