This Is Not My Hat

Picture Books | October 9, 2012

byJon KlassenIllustratorJon Klassen

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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.

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WINNER OF THE 2013 CALDECOTT MEDAL!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...

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...

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Format:Picture BooksDimensions:40 pages, 11.31 × 8.13 × 0.34 inPublished:October 9, 2012Publisher:Candlewick PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0763655996

ISBN - 13:9780763655990

Customer Reviews of This Is Not My Hat


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

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Editorial Reviews

WINNER OF THE 2014 KATE GREENAWAY MEDALKlassen’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)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)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 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)This is, quite simply, an outstanding book—and that ain’t no fish tale.—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)Absolutely gorgeous artwork (digitally assembled Chinese ink illustrations) and an utterly original voice in the picture book world.—Apartment Therapy