This Is Not My Hat

Klassen, Jon

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
This Is Not My Hat
A tiny minnow wearing a pale blue bowler hat has a thing or two up his fins in this underwater light-on-dark chase scene.

Publisher: Somerville, Mass. :, Candlewick Press,, 2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780763655990
Branch Call Number: FICTION Kla
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 29 cm


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A tiny minnow wearing a pale blue bowler hat has a thing or two up his fins in this underwater light-on-dark chase scene.

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Sep 14, 2014
  • Infopro2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The small fish is certain that the large fish is clueless about his hat. Once the big fish finds the little fish, the illustrations make the reader question the whereabouts or the demise of the small fish. I read this book to my son – who is too cool to read picture books. He admitted that the big fish’s eyes and the wordless crab’s expressions made him chuckle.

Apr 24, 2014
  • CRRL_CraigGraziano rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is Not My Hat invites us into the mind of a tiny fish who cares nothing for his underwater brethren. The fish offers many reasons why he will succeed in his crime, why he deserves the hat over the much bigger fish he snatched it from. Obviously, we are dealing with a sociopath here.

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Jan 20, 2014

We liked this book because the little fish stole the hat and it fit him right and we liked how the story ended because we didn't know what happened to the little fish- maybe the big fish ate the small fish up.

Jan 15, 2014
  • brendaspencer008 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book for inferencing ...... what happened to the little fish? No one ever really knows.

We have a song that goes with this book.

Oh where, oh where has the little fish gone?
Oh where, oh where can he be?
He took the hat from the big fish and swam.
Oh where, oh where could he be?

Dec 27, 2013
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Everyone, no matter how old or young, should read the "hat books" by Klassen. Worth the time, priceless illustrations (which tell a good portion of the story).

Aug 14, 2013

Not as excellent as "I want my hat back" but still very good. A little gritty, in a good way.

Though I often wonder about the avenging aspect of these two books: how to children process revenge? As justice or cruelty?

Jun 22, 2013
  • Yahong_Chi rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

All right, so it's no big secret: our fishy protagonist has stolen a hat. (At least he doesn't try to deny it, right?) Narrating his progress in one continuous monologue, the fish makes his way through the pitch-black sea, with only rocks and seaweed to ground our progress through the negative space. The monologue is as simple as the illustration, and as fitting: "I know it's wrong to steal a hat," the fish explains. "I know it does not belong to me. But I am going to keep it. It was too small for him anyway. It fits me just right." Those last two lines are so perfect. <3 As the fish talks, we're shown the big fish in question. His eyes roll up to examine his empty head, then squint suspiciously as our narrator blithely says, "I stole it from a big fish... he probably won't know it was me who took it." It's all in the details, and with Klassen's singular illustration style, they carry the story. Another recurring aspect that Klassen manipulates very well is the linear progression of the story. It's a constant chase that keeps our eye moving naturally to the right. And then the climax arrives, a full two-page spread drawing a veil of weeds between us and the action... until finally we see the tail of the big fish swimming away to the left, back to where he came from. And yep, he's got his hat back.

Apr 16, 2013
  • KRockstar10 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Not as good as "I Want My Hat Back," but still very cute,

Mar 01, 2013
  • JCLHelenH rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Nobody does eyeballs better than Jon Klassen.

Jan 29, 2013

Winner of the Caldecott medal

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Jul 18, 2013

yovanne thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and over

Apr 17, 2013
  • blue_dog_54816 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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