Picture Book Review: This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen


This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Candlewick; First Edition edition (October 9, 2012)
Source: Library
Rating: 5 stars




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.

About the Author/Illustrator:

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
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, he lives in Los Angeles.


Book Trailer:

My Thoughts:

If you are not familiar with John Klassen’s work yet, then I feel really
sorry for you. There are few author/illustrators out there that are as
brilliant as he is. I love every single one of his books. I have friends
that buy his picture books even though they don’t have kids.

The text in This is Not My Hat is simple and humorous. The illustrations
are likewise simple, but expressive. Klassen’s style is unique and very entertaining. I cannot say enough good things about his books!

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  • Reply
    May 2, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    My kiddo is 2 years old and I think the humor of I Want My Hat Back was lost on him. I mean, I thought it was funny. We will try again with This Is Not My Hat and see what happens.

    • Reply
      May 3, 2013 at 5:17 am

      My kids are a little bit older than yours, and they loved this book. My 3 year old slept with it for a week straight. 🙂 So this one may be a good choice for your son.

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