This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen


This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen, Candlewick Press, c2012, 2022 (first board book edition). 9781536228052 

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Format: Board book

What did you like about the book? A little fish has stolen a hat from a very big whale while it was asleep.  The fish does not think the whale will notice and the fish likes the hat! Meanwhile we watch the whale wake up, following its facial expressions as it goes in search of its hat.  The reader does not really know what is happening but the last page shows the big whale with the tiny hat on its head.

The wording is sparse as are the illustrations, created digitally.  Imagination and inuendo reign supreme here.

Anything you did not like about the book? No.

To whom would you recommend this book? This book stands independent of its precursor, I Want My Hat Back. But the audience will more than welcome this story with a similar theme.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Board books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Contributor, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review: September 30, 2022

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