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Hat Trilogy #3

We Found a Hat

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Hold on to your hats for the conclusion of the celebrated hat trilogy by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen, who gives his deadpan finale a surprising new twist.

Two turtles have found a hat. The hat looks good on both of them. But there are two turtles. And there is only one hat. . . . Evoking hilarity and sympathy, the shifting eyes tell the tale in this brilliantly paced story in three parts, highlighting Jon Klassen’s visual comedy and deceptive simplicity. The delicious buildup takes an unexpected turn that is sure to please loyal fans and newcomers alike.

56 pages, Hardcover

First published October 11, 2016

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Jon Klassen

88 books1,397 followers
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 (2009). I Want My Hat Back is the first book he has both written and illustrated. Originally from Niagara Falls, Canada, he lives in Los Angeles.

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Profile Image for Anna Smithberger.
716 reviews3 followers
October 18, 2016
Such a sweet ending to this trilogy of sorts, but with significantly less murder than I was expecting.
165 reviews13 followers
September 27, 2016
I think I need to read this book every night for the rest of my life, and eventually perhaps the mysteries of the universe and the human condition will be revealed to me. I'll start by reading it to my kids tonight and seeing what they say.
Profile Image for Dave Schaafsma.
Author 6 books31.3k followers
November 14, 2016
Each year I and my family read and rate all the Goodreads picture book nominees. This one is nominated for 2016. I make a few comments and then add their separate ratings and a comment from each of them. There's 20 (15 first round and 5 new ones for the semi-final round) and this is the fifteenth being rated. My rating might be somewhat influenced by the family, naturally. This one is unique in that it is the only one of the 20 I had read well in advance of the award process. And so I will honor my collective sense of this book as not as good as the first two and knock my own personal rating to 4 stars! Because maybe they (and GR friend Martyn) have talked me out of my rave.

Dave’s October 16, 2016:
5 Stars. Yay, yet another hat book from Jon Klaasen, the third in a kind of trilogy! This one is in three parts, which is unusual for a picturebook. Two turtles find a hat. One hat. They decide to leave it so no one will NOT have a hat. But turtle # 1 seems to REALLY want it. It would appear that #1 will, when the other one is asleep, finally take it, but. . . #2 shares a dream he has about their both having hats. Though there are not two hats. So the ending is either just strange, weird, or it has mystery about it. I say the latter.

Most kid books have clear "morals." This one could be about friendship and sharing. It could be about how we must deal with a world of diminishing resources. And maybe it is about these things, or could be. I think it is just a little refreshingly off center, with some admission of longing and jealousy in it. And magic, with wonderful drawings. Check out Klaasen! Read everything he does! Lovely.

Tara (my wife): 3 stars. Not as good as his other books.
Harry (11): 3 stars. The turtles are fighting to get the hat back.
Hank (10): 2 1/2 stars.
Lyra (9): 4 stars. I like how one turtle wants the hat without sharing.
Profile Image for Mischenko.
1,014 reviews97 followers
March 21, 2017
We read "We Found a Hat" in 2016 and I was amazed at how much children loved his turtle illustrations. They're so simple and can be recreated on paper by very young children.

We love Jon Klassen's illustrations and stories. I love to see children inspired by books like these. They're unique, simple, and wonderful.

Profile Image for Yen-Tzu.
17 reviews50 followers
April 21, 2017
This is a children’s picture book about two turtles who come across a hat. They both look good in the hat, but the complex maths involved in dividing one hat between two turtles creates a resource scarcity dilemma that could end in betrayal.

This tale serves as a beautiful and stark illustration of every human confrontation ever, from family squabble to global war, since the dawn of mankind.
Profile Image for Erica.
1,331 reviews436 followers
April 11, 2018
I have an unreasonable amount of love for this simple story.

It started on the first two pages.

And I loved it all the way through to the end.

Also, this is the mascot of my mind, representing the bulk of my feelings: side-eyes and plotting.

Profile Image for Becky.
5,205 reviews102 followers
October 8, 2016
First sentence: We found a hat. We found it together. But there is only one hat. And there are two of us.

Premise/plot: Jon Klassen is very, very, very, very, very popular. But he has a very, very, very, very, very odd sense of humor. This is the third 'hat' book. (Three picture books with 'hat' in the title. But different characters, different hats, as far as I can recall.) This picture book is about what happens when two very good friends want the same hat.

My thoughts: Well, I'll be honest. I read it three or four times through and the confusion hasn't left me. I could pretend that I "get" this book. I could join in with those saying that it's oh-so-wonderful and one of the best books ever. I could use the excuse that I don't want to spoil the book for anyone else by talking about it. Or the excuse that it was so good it left me speechless. But I won't. I don't think that you should have to read a picture book a dozen times to "get" the brilliance of the 'twist' ending. The other two books were odd but understandable. This one? Not so much.
Profile Image for Calista.
3,882 reviews31.2k followers
January 17, 2020
I must say, I was expecting this beginning story to take place underwater with fish like the first story. This takes place in a desert with two cute turtles. There is one hat and two turtles.

Would you sneak away and wear a hat that your friend really likes too? That is the question here.

The nephew was not moved by this story. He didn't care one way or the other. He thought the turtles were cute and all, but he didn't care about the hat. He was like, it's not a robot or Harry Potter, who cares. He's big into Harry Potter world at the moment (love it). He gave this 2 stars.
Profile Image for Therese.
320 reviews11 followers
August 23, 2020
I’m on a Jon Klassen kick, deep in the hat box! This one is about two turtles that find a hat. They both like it, it looks good on them...but there’s only one. When evening comes, one turtle falls asleep and dreams they both have a hat and they both look good, even steven, while the other keeps eyeing that darned hat...there’s only one. Another cute, brief read, but with conversation starters for kids about sharing, trust and friendship.
Profile Image for Jessica.
Author 31 books5,632 followers
December 2, 2016
Shockingly sweet . . . I fully expected the turtles to turn murderous, but it went in a very different direction! A lovely ending to Klassen's "hat" trilogy!
Profile Image for Ronyell.
955 reviews322 followers
November 24, 2016

I have to say that this was the year that Jon Klassen’s “Hat” series has really amazed me and I was lucky enough to read all of Jon Klassen’s “Hat” books all at once! Jon Klassen’s newest “Hat” book “We Found a Hat” is actually an interesting departure from the usual antics of the “Hat” series that made me chuckle along the way!

The story starts off with two turtles finding a hat and when they both tried the hat on, the both looked good in it. Unfortunately, there is only one hat and only one of the turtles can have the hat.

How will the two turtles solve this problem?

Read this book to find out!

Ever since I had read “I Want My Hat Back,” I continued reading Jon Klassen’s books and even though “We Found a Hat” was not as dark as Jon Klassen’s previous works regarding the “Hat” series, I still found myself enjoying this unique spin on the importance of sharing! I loved the fact that Jon Klassen made this story much lighter in tone than his previous works as it made the book quite unique in the “Hat” series and I loved how this book does not focus on stealing (although a couple of scenes depicted one of the turtles nearly doing it), but focuses on the dilemma that the two turtles face in having to figure out who will get the hat. I was also chuckling to myself when I saw the scenes where one of the turtles was planning on taking the hat and you can see the turtle sneaking up on the hat while the other turtle’s attention was away, as it was hilarious to look at and it shows that despite being lighter in tone than the previous books, it still has the same deadpan humor that was relevant in the previous books. Jon Klassen’s artwork is as usual deadpan yet comedic as most of the colorings of the artwork are in brown, white and black, which gives off a somewhat mundane feel to the story. I also love the images of the turtles themselves as they are extremely cute to look at with their small bodies and large and narrow eyes!


Overall, “We Found a Hat” is a brilliant subversion to Jon Klassen’s previous “Hat” books that fans will take delight in and anyone who enjoyed reading “I Want My Hat Back” will surely enjoy this book!

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

Profile Image for Michele Knott.
3,601 reviews156 followers
September 24, 2016
There is something so special about reading a book for the first time. One that has high expectations, that you've waiting for for awhile. That first reading experience is one you can never have, in that way, ever again, with that book.
Because of that, I'm not going to write a review for this book. Enjoy your own first experience with the final book in this trilogy.
Profile Image for Montzalee Wittmann.
4,559 reviews2,312 followers
August 31, 2021
We Found A Hat
(Hat Trilogy #3)
by Jon Klassen
What a delightful, humorous book even though it has the simplest of art and very minimal words. Each are used wisely and perfectly! The book made me smile! I can see why it's so popular with kids!
Profile Image for Kelli.
850 reviews395 followers
November 5, 2016
This simple children's picture book is beyond brilliant. The moral of the story, presumably the last book of the three hat books, is epic. Everyone could benefit from a quick perusal.
1,037 reviews116 followers
January 11, 2020
This is the third in a series of fun and witty children’s picture books about creatures looking for their hats. There are two turtles and only one hat. Both turtles look good in this hat, and the reader can tell that both turtles want to have the hat for themselves. The ending is quite sweet.
Profile Image for Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer.
1,512 reviews5 followers
March 19, 2018
Check out more Picture book reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...

"Two turtles have found a hat. The hat looks good on both of them. But there are two turtles. And there is only one hat..."

Okay so my nephew and I didn't know this was the last book in the hat trilogy told by Jon Klassen... But you know you didn't need to read them in any order. We QUITE enjoyed this book. My nephew LOVED how the book ended with them walking into the sky. He comprehended what happened through the book, not something he is always able to grasp... and was able to tell me all about the turtles who loved the hat.

The words were spot on. He didn't struggle with the words at all which I think helped a lot with his comprehension, but at the same time this wasn't dumbed down for children. The story is literally SHOWN instead of told... and there is a subtext like you wouldn't believe! For example, at one point the two turtles sit and watch the sunset. One asks the other what they are thinking about... only through the eyes do we realize that the one asking the question is thinking about something else and it isn't in the sky!

There is this beautifully subtle message about sharing and sacrificing what one wants for another person they care about. Think creatively so that both can have it if there is only one... it really is written to make a child think and for a parent to be able to use the story as an example in real life circumstances. This could potentially work with an older sibling telling it to a younger sibling and learning even more themselves in the telling... I can't RAVE enough about this book...

The art has its own particular style. It isn't my favorite as I favor bright colors and this is distinctly monochromatic. At the same time it is quite gorgeous how he used the ink for the turtles and the setting while using the light grey, pink and dark grey to evoke the evolution of the day... I have to say he won me over to the style... in another hands this would just be a cheap way of printing. I also love how some spreads are zoomed in on the turtles and some are more panoramic depending on what the dialogue needs most. So smartly drawn... it deserves an award!

BOTTOM LINE: Gorgeously designed art and story about sharing and the imagination...

You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. See my picture book reviews in a special feature called Boo's Picture Gallery...
Profile Image for Mathew.
1,492 reviews170 followers
October 15, 2016
It actually took me a little while to get into Klassen until I realised that he was being far cleverer than I was giving him credit for. I wouldn't be surprised if he is another writer who says he's not writing with children in mind.
Without giving anything away, let us instead celebrate Klassen's form. Set in the desert, among the stars and thorny cacti, the structure of the book follows that of those early black and white films, split into several parts ( which I just loved). The positioning of the text (or lack of) is masterfully handled and is key to the comedic, reflective timing. Then, as with all Klassen, the beauty is in the detail, or more specifically, in the eyes. It's all the eyes!
To be able to say so much with so little is a great gift and Klassen does this repeatedly in style. On top of all this, he also has given us some beautiful endpapers.
Profile Image for Alex Sarll.
5,771 reviews231 followers
March 22, 2017
We were so sure we knew where this was going. The two turtles find one hat. They both look good in it, but they can't both have it. What to do? Well, obviously it's going to be a lesson in sharing, isn't it? They can take turns.


Instead, they both renounce the hat, then dream they both have hats. Which for me feels uncomfortably close to the life-rejecting strain of religion in which you forego hats (or other pleasures) now, and in exchange get hats (or whatever) in some nebulous other world. I mean, I guess at least it doesn't end with them destroying the temptation of the real hat and then dreaming about having 72 hats. But still.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Profile Image for Lizzie.
31 reviews1 follower
September 19, 2017
Tremendously witty. Simple and repetitive in language and image, yet absolutely riddled with complex feelings to discuss such as guilt, jealousy, honesty and dishonesty. The book is split in to three sections, which could provide three very different sessions when working with children. They act as natural resting points or discussion points. A good book for highlighting friendship and being kind to others, as well as knowing the self.
Profile Image for ElizaLu.
141 reviews9 followers
December 23, 2016
Yes, I AM counting this delightful picture book towards my reading challenge. Professional development. Just try and stop me.
Profile Image for David Bjelland.
150 reviews42 followers
March 10, 2017
Way too many sad, poignant adult truths in here to be appropriate for children.

Getting it for my friend's baby shower anyway.
Profile Image for Melki.
5,799 reviews2,342 followers
March 9, 2018
Two turtles covet a found hat. How can they share it? (Can't they just take turns wearing it?)

Anyway - cute story with an Awww! ending.

(Psst - no one gets eaten in this one.)
Profile Image for Peter.
777 reviews114 followers
November 11, 2016
We found a book my daughter and I.
The pictures are nice we smiled not cried.
There was only one but decided to share.
I read some to her she read some to me.
We left with some books and smiled with glee.
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