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This Is Not My Hat is a companion piece to Jon Klassen’s earlier I Want My Hat Back, only it takes place underwater instead of in a forest; and the story is told from the point of view of the thief and not the, er, victim. The end result, however, is pretty much the same. If you don’t like I Want My Hat Back because of the conclusion, you will not like This Is Not My Hat, either. It helps to have a sense of humor. It helps even more if your humor has dark tendencies. The artwork for This is Not My Hat is every bit as wickedly delightful as the earlier book’s, with a bit more of a build-up in the tension and a seek-and-find on one of the two-page spreads. Check it out!
This Is Not My Hat Audible – Unabridged Jon Klassen (Author), Review
Klassen’s art is just fabulous and his view of life seems quite quirky! My 7-year-old daughter and I love him! For some reason, this is the last of the hat trilogy for us to read. Klassen’s comic timing with his illustrations is superb. He makes subtle changes to the illustrations that actually create a dramatic and humorous impact. We laughed out loud reading this. For example, Klassen shows us a large fish that fills 2 pages in profile with his eye closed. The little fish has just stolen the big fish’s hat while he sleeps but we only see the big fish. On the next 2 pages, the little fish is thinking that "he probably won’t wake up for a long time" and at that time we are looking at the same picture of the big fish but with his eye open. The next page the little fish thinks that "even if he does wake up, he probably won’t notice that it’s gone" and without changing anything in the picture except the big fish’s eye we know he notices. The big fish’s pupil is pointed up toward his head! Then on the next page, the little fish thinks that "even it he does notice that it’s gone, he probably won’t know it was me who took it. " This time Klassen uses the exact same 2-page big fish picture but the fish knowingly narrows his eye. Klassen is just genius to convey so much with so little! We do not see the little fish until 13 pages into the story although the book is entirely from his perspective. My daughter and I hotly debated the end. We know the big fish emerges from the dense plants with his hat back and we no longer hear from the little fish. I am firmly in the little-fish-got-eaten camp but my daughter believes he is hiding in shame. Such fun regardless! -Read Reviews-
My first grade students loved this book! They were really amused how the little fish made little assumptions like, "And he probably won’t wake up for a long time" and the picture would show otherwise (the big fish was actually awake!) This book served as a great mentor text for teaching the strategy of asking questions. Using turn & talk, the students asked questions before, during, and after reading. I kept adding them to our "Good Readers Ask Questions" chart. The book is not that long, but make sure you give the children enough time to look closely at the pictures to see how they contradict the main character’s thoughts. The students came up with lots of questions that were left unanswered after reading which led to a very lively and engaging discussion! I highly recommend this book for early primary.