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This is Not My Hat (Hat Trilogy #2)

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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 (first published 2012)
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Jen V
Dec 04, 2013 Jen V 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
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

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
Apr 20, 2016 Lance Greenfield 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!
Nov 23, 2012 Amara rated it it was ok
Recommended to Amara by: Goodreads Choice Awards 2012 Nominee
Shelves: 2012, reviewed
In short, This is Not My Hat was a disappointing follow-up to I Want My Hat Back. For my full review, see here.
Jul 30, 2014 Dan 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
Quang Khuê
Jun 05, 2016 Quang Khuê rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
Đọc cuốn này ở tiệm Kafka 54/2 Nguyên Cư Trinh, Q1. Hài tỉnh không chịu nổi =))

Nghĩ lại bữa 1/6 đi xem một phim hài làm cho trẻ con, thiệt là dở và nhảm không chịu nổi. Nghĩ một chút thì đấy cũng là một cách xem thường trẻ con.

Quyển này không xem thường trẻ con. Hãy đến và đọc ở tiệm Kafka, vì sách mắc lắm, chắc còn lâu mới có người mua :))
Sep 01, 2016 Cheryl rated it 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
Aug 31, 2015 Paige rated it it was amazing
This is such a cute book!
The Library Lady
Nov 16, 2012 The Library Lady 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
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
Sep 15, 2016 Dolly 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
Isa Lavinia
Feb 04, 2016 Isa Lavinia 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...
Mandy Laferriere
Apr 02, 2015 Mandy Laferriere 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!
Chris Bertenshaw
Jul 17, 2013 Chris Bertenshaw rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 28, 2012 Jillian rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 25, 2012 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, reviewed
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
Crystal Bandel
Oct 10, 2013 Crystal Bandel rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 05, 2013 Hannah rated it really liked it
Shelves: tled-642
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
Dec 12, 2012 Barbara 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
Nov 02, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 13, 2014 j rated it really liked it
Shelves: nina, 2014
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
Nov 20, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books

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
Jun 21, 2012 Marika rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 12, 2012 Emma rated it it was amazing
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.
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.
Henry Herz
Mar 12, 2016 Henry Herz rated it it was amazing
Fans of Jon Klassen's work will not be disappointed. The Caldecott winner's shadowed palette matches the dark ironic humor as a thieving fish cluelessly narrates his acquisitive adventure. The clear theme of "don't steal" is nicely complimented by the ambiguous nature of the filching fish's final comeuppance.
Mary Lee
Oct 10, 2012 Mary Lee rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
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?
David Schaafsma
Jan 31, 2014 David Schaafsma 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.
May 29, 2013 Teresa rated it really liked it
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.
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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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