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This is Not My Hat

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  9,258 ratings  ·  1,513 reviews
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-f...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Candlewick (first published 2011)
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2013 Mock Caldecott
5th out of 97 books — 230 voters
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Best Modern Children's Picture Books
1st out of 111 books — 91 voters

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Lisa Vegan
I guess something is wrong with me because this book has very high ratings on Goodreads and I did really like I Want My Hat Back, but this one left me cold. I did give an extra star because I love the expressiveness shown in the eye of the fishes and the everything about the illustrations is great.

But who would I recommend this for? For a “scared straight” morality tale about the wrongness of stealing? I don’t feel like traumatizing children. I’d like to hear about how young children take this b...more
Jen V
5 + a million stars!

I vividly remember standing at the Candlewick Press booth back in April and finally holding this long-awaited story from Jon Klassen. After the countless discussions and debates I have participated in over I Want My Hat Back, I was beyond ecstatic to be holding This Is Not My Hat. I ran my hand over the cover and took a breath before I actually opened the book. I felt like a five-year-old on her birthday all over again: that moment when you have waited and waited and mingled...more

A tale of self-deception that ends badly. We think that the big fish must have eaten the little one, as it is never seen again. Sniff.
Lance Greenfield
What a terrific little book!

This would touch many of the emotions of every reader, young and old.

The little fish has clearly stolen somebody else's hat. The clue is in the title.

That is very naughty indeed!

But the rightful owner will never find out.

The story is so simple, and the big bonus is that, in the end, there is an easy to understand moral to this fish's tail tale!
Nov 23, 2012 Amara rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Amara by: Goodreads Choice Awards 2012 Nominee
Shelves: reviewed, 2012
In short, This is Not My Hat was a disappointing follow-up to I Want My Hat Back. For my full review, see here.
The Library Lady
Okay, maybe they should take away my MLS, or whatever the hell they're calling it these days. Maybe they should figure that after 25+ years in this business I've apparently not learned what I'm supposed to know to do this job.

Or perhaps they should just conclude that I'm hopelessly outdated, a relic of the days of librarians with cardigans and buns and glasses on a chain.
(And I will admit to wearing cardigans.And the bun--when I can manage one for ballet class. No glasses on a chain though--I we...more
This book is a mind-blowing thrill ride. In this day and age, when bookshelves are packed with vampire romance for teens, or zombie books for teens, or zombies vs. vampires vs. werewolves for teens, it's good to see that at least one author has the courage to write for the underserved "hard-boiled crime thrillers for toddlers" genre.

That author is Jon Klassen.

The story opens just after a horrible crime has been committed -- a fish has stolen a hat from another fish. What unfolds is a tense cat-a...more
Nov 16, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We read I Want My Hat Back earlier this year and I had to read it a second time before I truly could appreciate the humor and wit of the story.

So, when we saw this book, we were ready for it. We loved the expressions on the fish and we anticipated the ending. The narrative is humorous and wry, and I love that it shows (again) that taking something from someone has consequences.

Overall, we've really enjoyed reading Jon Klassen's books and we look forward to finding more of them at our local lib...more

A sly, slippery little story told by a guilty fish on the run after stealing a hat from a much bigger fish.

Big solid shapes and muted natural colors fill the pages, but for me, the eyes tell the story here. Sometimes a squint, glare, twinkle, or shift of the eyes can say it all.

I do love reading stories where the audience knows more than the characters. Hehe…The suspense in the room or audience is a storyteller’s dream!

Btw…I’m sure the little fish is fine. Probably. ;)

Mr. Klassen has done it ag...more
Crystal Bandel
This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen, published 2012.


Picture book.

Pre-K to grade 1.

Found via School Library Journal, reviewed by Carolyn Janssen.

A small fish has stolen a big fish's hat, and he's not ashamed about it. He is concerned about his getaway, though, and this book follows his journey to an area filled with seaweed, where he'll be safe from the big fish. As the small fish tells the audience how unconcerned he is, the illustrations show the big fish waking up and pursuing him, makin...more
Chris Bertenshaw
Originally posted on http://world-of-childrens-books.blogs...

Oh Mr Klassen, you do know how to write bleak humour.

And I love you all the more for it.

Jon Klassen's first book, 'I Want My Hat Back', is my all-time favourite children's picture book, mainly because of the surprisingly dark humour that he manages to use that had me in stitches, despite it being a book written for people at least 20 years younger than myself. This sequel contains the same type of humour, and whilst it's not quite in t...more
Jon Klassen created a hilarious master piece with his first book in the Hat series, "I Want My Hat Back." With his second book in the series, "This is Not My Hat," he has certainly proved his brilliance in children's literature. In "This is Not My Hat," a little fish has stolen a tiny blue hat from another fish. The little fish is convinced that no one will ever know that he stole the hat, so he is not worried that he will get in trouble for stealing, even though he is aware that it is clearly n...more
Summary:A fish steals a hat knowing it is wrong. He justifies that the hat fits him perfect and that it was too little for the other, much bigger, fish. He thinks the big fish won't find him, but he does. In the end, it doesn't say what happened to the little fish???
Curriculum Connection:Great book for inference (we know the big fish did completely opposite what the little fish said), research different types of fish and/or crustaceans in the sea (science), estimation -big fish vs little fish si...more
I don't tend to review picture books on this site, but Klassen's newest is, I think, worth recommending. I loved the atmospheric artwork (the simple black sea, the sly use of text at odds with image) and the story is much darker than I'm used to seeing in books for this age group. Sure, readers aren't explicitly TOLD what happens to the little hat-stealing fish once the big fish follows him into the weeds, but let me put it this way--we never see him again. Capiche? Definitely a book that will g...more
Jon Klassen follows I Want My Hat Back with another hat tale but in this one, we hear the story from the point of view of the thief. A little fish has snatched a stylish blue bowler hat from an enormous sleeping fish. Though the little fish assures us that the big fish will not wake up, will not follow him, and will not know which way he went, the illustrations tell a different story. Humorous, smart, and with beautiful illustrations, This is Not My Hat is absolutely stellar. I wonder what hat w...more
Another amazing book by the somewhat dark Jon Klassen. Beautifully illustrated with simple, yet effective imaginings. It's fabulous to see an emerging author with such a distinctive style and twisted approach to humour. Suggestive without being inappropriate, left to make your own decision as to the fate of a fish that stole someone's hat (although I am pretty sure everyone will reach the same conclusion). Expect to laugh out loud as this is a picture book for adults as much as it is for kids.
Jason Slayton
The name of this book should be: This is Not My Best Book, by Jon Klassen.

I Want My Hat Back is superior in every possible way. My feeling is the Caldecott selection committee realized how badly they dropped the ball when they passed over I Want My Hat Back the previous year. They probably also heard that I wanted to fistfight them in their nose and got scared.

This book is okay, but there is nothing special, and there is no magic.
I'm not sure it's funny. I mean, look at the crab, how it's intimidated into pointing the way to the hiding place, and how upset it is afterwards - clearly the big fish did something bad to the little one. But then, that's the author's genius, no? He lets the reader determine the ending, and also determine whether it's funny or not. It's still pretty darn exciting and beautiful!
Mary Lee
Love love love how the narrative and the pictures tell two different stories. What are we thinking about the end? Is there a team crab for the folks who believe in self-preservation when the big fish is on the prowl?
I think Klassen's subversive writing finally got to me. I actually loved this book and how so much is conveyed through the characters' eyes, even though they are very simply drawn.
I believe one has to have a good sense of humor to appreciate the story This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen. I truly enjoyed this story because it teaches that there are consequences when we do things we ought not.
So the story is about a little fish that steals a hat from a sleeping big fish, and believes the big fish will not wake up for a long time but even if it does he'll (the little fish) will be long gone.......laughing out loud just typing this:) Anyway, the little fish figures that even w...more
I've heard This Is Not My Hat described as a "spiritual sequel" to I Want My Hat Back, and I think that's an apt phrase for the connection between the first two picture books written and illustrated by Jon Klassen. Like the bear in the previous story, single-minded in his drive to get back his stolen property, a gigantic fish awakens to find the hat he had perched on his head suddenly gone. Unlike the bear in I Want My Hat Back, though, this fish knows exactly what happened to his hat, and whic...more
Perhaps even funnier than I Want My Hat Back, and it has the moral, "crime doesn't pay."

UPDATE: I got This is Not My Hat as well as I Want My Hat Back for my nephew for Christmas. I love This is Not My Hat, but you know, I don't think the boy was that impressed with it. His main problem with this story is that there was, "no ending page!" Jon Klassen leaves it up to the reader to figure out what happened to the little thief in this story. My nephew didn't want that left up to him, he wanted a c...more
I never expected to see a sequel to I Want My Hat Back but I am so thrilled that Klassen saw things differently. This second book has a similar theme to it with a stolen hat, but it has entirely different characters. This time the story is set underwater with fish playing the major roles. One little fish has stolen a hat from a big sleeping fish. He knows it was wrong, but justifies it by the fact the hat looks so much better on him and fits better too. As he flees to the thick reeds to hide, he...more
Book Description: A little fish who thinks he’s very clever, steals a big fish’s hat.

This book follows the popular; 'I Want My Hat Back' by Klassen. Both books have gotten a lot of national recognition. At first I didn’t understand why this book was being put in the circles of Best Picture Books for 2012, just as I didn’t understand why its predecessor did the same in 2011. But after reading this book aloud with my child, I liked it more than I did when reading it alone (what do you know,...more
I couldn’t resist this follow-up to I Want My Hat Back, a favorite of 2011. I was skeptical though. I mean, I Want My Hat Back was so good and was he just capitalizing… You will be delighted and potentially disgusted to know that This is Not My Hat is excellent in many ways similar to I Want My Hat Back, yet still its own.

A little fish steals a big fish’s hat. He isn’t apologetic, in fact, he is quite bold to tell his audience that he is going to get away from it. First the big fish will not wak...more
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 f...more
Ying Lee
Genre: Fantasy
Copyright: 2012

In the bottom of the sea, a small feels smug about his victory in stealing a hat from a large fish. The small fish is very confident and sure not to be found by the large fish. However, as reading the small fish swimming across the seaweed bushes with the large fish following, readers will notice that the small fish disappears in the last three pages with only the large fish wearing the hat. What exactly happened to the small fish is left for readers to figure out. A...more
Jason Smid
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.

Having read The Dark (also illustrated by Klassen), I was amazed to by the variety of artistry he can produce. I no...more
Picture Book Project
Category: Choice
Souce: Caldecott

The reader is taken on a journey by a tiny fish who confesses he has just stolen a hat from a sleeping larger fish. He thinks he is never going to get caught because how will the big fish know it was him since he was asleep. His plan is to hide out in the big tall plants. Little fish is in for a surprise when the big fish figures it out with the help of a tiny crab who saw it all. The last time the reader sees little fish is just as he enters t...more
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Jon Klassen received the 2010 Canadian Governor General’s Award for his illustrations in Caroline Stutson’s CAT'S NIGHT OUT. He also created illustrations for the popular series THE INCORRIGIBLE CHILDREN OF ASHTON PLACE and served as an illustrator on the animated feature film Coraline. I WANT MY HAT BACK is the first book he has both written and illustrated. Originally from Niagara Falls, Canada,...more
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