This is Not My Hat: Picture Book Review

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Klassen, Jon. This is Not My Hat. Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2012.
ISBN: 0763655996

Plot Summary: 

A tiny fish learns the hard way that thievery is wrong, and you can’t get away with your wrongdoings.

Critical Analysis: 

This book is a personal favorite of mine. I first read it when I was shelving books. As soon as I was done reading it, I automatically took it to my co-workers and had them all read it too. The humor in this book is so morbid, but very funny. The story just flows and keeps you hooked, wanting to find out what happens next. Paired with the illustrations, this book is a page turner that will have you in stitches at the end. This is one of those books that you have to share with others. With a good moral to the story, and the ability to keep kids and adults both captive readers, this book is a 5/5 for me.

Review Excerpt: 

From School Library Journal: “Simplicity is key in both text and illustrations. The black underwater provides the perfect background for the mostly gray-toned fish and seaweed while the monochromatic palette strips the artwork down to essential, yet exquisite design. Movement is indicated with a trail of small white bubbles. This not-to-be-missed title will delight children again and again.”

From Booklist: “The simple, dramatic tension and macabre humor that’s right at a kid’s level of deviousness mesh splendidly with Klassen’s knack for tiny, telling details and knockout page turns.”

From Kirkus Review: “Klassen combines spare text and art to deliver no small measure of laughs in another darkly comic haberdashery whodunit…Hats off!”

Winner of 2013 Caldecott Medal

Winner of the 2014 Kate Greenaway Medal


  • Other books by Jon Klassen:

I Want My Hat Back ISBN: 0763655988

We Found a Hat ISBN: 0763656003

  • Other Caldecott Winner books:

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick ISBN: 0316324906

Waiting by Kevin Henkes ISBN: 0062368435

Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews ISBN: 1419714651

  • This is a great book to use to teach children that stealing is not okay. Engage students in law and morals. Ask questions about what is and isn’t right and about illegal activity.

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Adrinna Davis

Hello there! Not much to me, I'm just your average author and librarian who is obsessed with Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Merlin, Divergent, ect... who is married with two kids. :) And now blogger. I love children's lit and want to share with you all the amazing books I find!

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