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This is Not My Hat

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  10,917 ratings  ·  1,777 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
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Candlewick (first published 2012)
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2013 Mock Caldecott
4th out of 97 books — 238 voters
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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
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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
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·Karen·
Hilarious!

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!
Amara
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.
Dan
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
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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
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Dolly
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
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Mandy Laferriere
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!
Crystal Bandel
This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen, published 2012.

Fiction.

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
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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
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Jillian
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
Hannah
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
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Rebecca
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
Shu Xiao
Absolutely adorable. Why don't I have any friend who is about to have a baby?!?!?
Anna Smithberger
Almost as good as I Want My Hat Back, and the kids at storytime loved it.
Marika
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
Laura

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
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Caroline
My kid kept talking about this book so I got it for her as a fun surprise. I knew it was a book that I would have an easy time reading to her repeatedly, so I was looking forward to buying it for that reason as well. She knew about it because her father read it to her at a small library. Apparently, he read it very slowly, because this set the stage for things to go terribly wrong with me. This only because clear later. I read it to her in my own style, and it made her cry! I explained that I re ...more
sylvie/emma
This Is Not My Hat has a very simple storyline: A tiny fish has stolen a big fish's hat. He (or she? It can fit any reader!) is swimming towards the plants that grow close together to hide, while unknown to him or her, the big fish follows. In the end, the big fish has his hat back and the little fish is not seen again.

I like the way that the little thief sounds calm and collected about stealing the big fish's hat, when in fact he is really quite nervous, simply trying to convince himself otherw
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Bryanna Johnson
Looking at the cover of the book, I found it very intriguing that the cover was solid black apart from the one small fish found on the cover. Given that the story revolves around the story of a small hat, the same hat was cleverly placed upon the back of the book also. On the first side of the book jacket I also found it interesting that there was crab who looked very suspicious. It lead me to believe that there would be some kind of connection of the crab to the plot of the story.

The illustrati
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Emma
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.
Slytano
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.
Maria Armenta
Klassen manages to tell almost the whole story through subtle eye movements and the tilt of seaweed and air bubbles. The wide-eyed little fish on the cover looks guilty. He is. He has taken the tiny bowler from the head of a large sleeping fish and pleads his case to the reader. He explains why he will never be caught the fish is asleep; he won’t wake up or notice the missing hat; and he won’t know who took it or where the thief has gone.

Little eyes will pore over the end pages, looking for evi
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Uisung Cho
I found this book hilarious. A little fish stoles a hat from a big fish while he is asleep. The little fish thinks that no one will ever be able to find him and tells the reader where he is going with the stolen hat. At the same time, the illustration shows what is happening after the little fish has stolen the hat from the big fish. It is very interesting to see what happens to the little hat thief.

The illustration is simple but gives enough details to show emotions of the characters. This boo
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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?
LauraR
I really liked this book and I'm glad I had the opportunity to read it. This book is about a small fish who steals a hat from a big fish. Although this fish knows that stealing is wrong, he does it anyway thinking that he won't get caught. The pictures really tell this story and it allows the reader to make inferences throughout the story about what is happening between the big fish and the small fish.
This would be an excellent book to use in a classroom with younger students because there are
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Teresa
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.
Genee121
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
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Karissa Urdahl
This book is by far one of my favorite children's books of all time. The moral of the story is that every action has consequences and this was shown through the stealing acted out by the little fish.
This book is a Caldecott award winning book and for good reason, the pictures are what truly tell the story. The pictures are humorous depictions of emotions and actions between the characters that show everything that happens throughout the story. I enjoyed seeing the interaction and thought the pic
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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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