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This Is Not My Hat

(Hat Trilogy #2)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  19,739 ratings  ·  3,139 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
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Candlewick Press
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A very simple story that keeps moving forward. A small fish has stolen a hat, not from any fish, but a gigantic fish. He thinks he can get away with it. In the end we see the big fish with the hat and we don’t see the small fish.

It’s a cute story that is mostly told like a wordless book. There are words, but not so many. The artwork is lovely and fun and it reads quickly. It almost looks like paper cutouts of the things in the book.

The kids thought this was fun. The nephew said, ‘he got eaten’
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
Jen V
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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

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.
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Finished the last book in the trilogy. As with the others, this one was brief, entertaining, had cute illustrations and teachable moments. In this one, a tiny little fish steals a tiny little hat from a great big fish, with a scheme to get away with it. The big fish, realizing he’s been robbed, is determined to find the thief and get his hat back! Conversation starters for kids might include why stealing is wrong, why thinking you can get away with things might not be right, and having to face t ...more
Lance Greenfield
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
Please note that even though I do indeed both realise and understand that Jon Klassen's This is Not My Hat won the 2013 Caldecott Medal, I personally have really not enjoyed either the text or the accompanying illustrations (and I am actually not even managing to be able to appreciate them all that much on some academic, esoteric level).

Now while some (and perhaps even a great many) readers might well and even strongly disagree with this, with my very much and intensely negative reaction to and
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Amara Tanith
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ok, me and my records are confused. I'm sure I read this already, but I can't find my review. And I still haven't read the first - which seems to me (from reviews and previews) to be basically the same as this, only with a very odd looking bear. Clever nonsense, ambiguous ending, aimed more at worldly-wise than innocent... I feel a bit guilty for giggling and for rating so highly.

My son says that it doesn't matter the fate of the little fish. He says there's no reason to give this to a little k
Okay. I chuckled. I did. I didn't want to. But I did. This is a darkly humorous little tale and I'm not sure it's one I would want to share with little ones (especially very sensitive or easily frightened ones) I guess the ending is open to interpretation as to what kind of justice is served. I can see why this won the Caldecott. The illustrations pair so well with the sparse text and the little fish has such personality--as does the big fish. I'm not sure I can say I "liked" it but I could appr ...more
The Library Lady
Nov 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Melissa McShane
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, own, humor
I have fallen so far behind in reading I was wondering if I'd forgotten how. This book showed up in the mail today (I ordered it for my daughter, who teaches preschool) and I read it again. It is perfectly delightful! The story is deceptively simple, the illustrations are exquisite, and I laughed more than once. People who don't have an excuse to buy it should sneak a peek while they're at the library or the bookstore--I promise you won't regret it!
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We just discovered Jon Klassen in 2016 when we read "We Found a Hat." It wasn't until today that we realized it's a trilogy and we read it out of order.

We love Jon Klassen's illustrations and stories. They're so unique and simple. Children love his books.

Isa Lavinia
Feb 04, 2016 rated it liked it
This book's lesson is that crabs are snitches and everyone already knew that from watching that traitor ass crustacean snitch Sebastian from The Little Mermaid, so...
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Humorous. Made me chuckle as the text and illustrations moved along. It is about a little fish who steals a hat from a big fish. He knows that it is wrong to have stolen the hat but he doesn't care. The little fish thinks he can get away with the crime and that he will never be discovered in his little secret. The humorous visuals were perfectly placed. This is my favorite of Jon Klassen's hat books.
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is such a cute book!
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Steve Holden
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jon Klassen is extremely clever and I've been so impressed with this series. It's so simple, but yet delivered in a thought-provoking manner with subtle humor and many themes. The layout and illustrations are beautiful to look through. I find this series is fascinating to kids as they love having their hands on these books, but it also delivers a discussion piece for adults - that's no easy task in the world of picture books!
David Schaafsma
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In children's literature, it is rare to have a successfully sardonic story. This is one. I loved it. Award-winner. Feels fresh. Subtle humor, great drawing.
4.5 out of 5

In the succinct, matter-of-fact text and contradicting minimalist illustrations, Jon Klassen tells a darkly humorous tale that puts a lot of trust in the readers and their attention to details. Shifty eyes, subtle movements, and air bubble trails in This is Not My Hat are often worth a thousand words:

And the ending told entirely through three wordless doublespreads is unexpectedly shocking yet pitch-perfect. Or perhaps not that unexpected (though still shocking) if one is familiar wi
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: completed-series
The second of three thoughtful picture-books from the quill and graphite of Mr. Klassen. On the advice of the librarian-friends who saw me check out the soi disant "Hat Trilogy", I read them from last to first. This, they claimed, was the funniest order to read these. Probably correct, although the subtle twist at the end would be aided by knowing the twist at the end of the first of the "Hat" stories, I Want My Hat Back

So, about the tale: definitely another morally ambiguous lesson from the ant
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
A small fish steals a hat from a very large fish, and is confident that he'll get away with it. He has plans to hide "where the plants grow big and tall and close together" (unpaged). But to paraphrase Robert Burns, even the best of plans can go awry. That's exactly what happens in this picture book. While the small fish is prattling on about how everything is going to work out the way he planned, the illustrations reveal a very different story. The large fish wakes up sooner than expected and f ...more
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, nina
So, of course stealing is wrong and all (and Nina agrees: HAT MISSING UH OH STOLE IT!), but I find this book's chilling message of vengeance rather... troubling. The larger fish, the victim of a crime, chases the smaller fish into the weeds. What horrors occur there, we cannot see (it is where "the plants grow big and tall and close together"). All we know is that when the big fish emerges, he is wearing the hat... and the little fish is nowhere to be found.

Did the big fish eat him? Did he rip
Mandy Laferriere
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I laughed for a solid minute the first time I got to the end of this book after buying it for my library. It's now a staple in my house. We read it almost every day--it's one of my son's very favorites. He loves that sneaky little crab the best!
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-lit
This is too adorable, and also an excellent lesson regarding why one should never just take things they want, just because they want them and think they won't get caught.

Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of my all time favorite picture books. Unique and fun.
Melissa Carroll
Everytime I read this I love it even more!
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Picture-Book Readers With a Sharp Sense of Humor / Jon Klassen Fans
Headwear theft continues to be a problem in this second 'hat' book from Jon Klassen, whose humorous I Want My Hat Back was a welcome addition to the picture-book genre. In this tale, a tiny fish swims along, assuring the reader that although the hat he is wearing is not his - it belongs, in fact, to a much larger fish - all will be well. Little does he know, as he proceeds blithely along, that the true owner of the hat is hot on his trail...

Like its predecessor, This Is Not My Hat is an amus

“This hat is not mine. I just stole it.”

Reading that first sentence of the book, you just know what kind of bizarre and intense adventure you will get into when you read this book! After I finished reading “I Want My Hat Back” by Jon Klassen, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Jon Klassen wrote another book that had a similar theme to “I Want My Hat Back!” “This is Not My Hat” is a Caldecott Medal award winning book by Jon Klassen that also details the consequences of stealing and it i
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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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Hat Trilogy (3 books)
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  • We Found A Hat

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