This Is Not My Hat

This Is Not My Hat

Book - 2012
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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
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780763655990
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 21 x 29 cm


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bookgirlatDCL Sep 22, 2018

A humorous book with serious consequences.

SPPL_Anna Mar 15, 2018

A great follow up to I Want My Hat Back, although I do not like this one quite as much. I think it's a first love thing coupled with how weird and off-putting I generally find fish.

Dec 18, 2017

This book is hilarious! I think every kid with a sneaky plan that didn't work out will identify with this book! I know I did LOL! And Klassen is a great artist.

Apr 14, 2017

I only like this one slightly more than "I Want my Hat Back." At least it doesn't have a disturbing all red page. Still: steal something, get eaten?

Nov 05, 2016

I like this book because the thinking process of the small fish. He actually tried to deceive others and deceive himself. But eventually, God (the big fish). He will not allow others to steal. I think the small fish (human beings) finally learned the lesson that nothing is invisible to God (the big fish). the Big fish will get His glory (hat), while we tried to steal his grory (hat). excellent illustration. very thought provoking, and very educational. I also like the simplicity of this book, pictures and words. God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thng, whether good or bad. Eclesiastes 12:14

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jul 16, 2015

Klassen's works are must-reads. They are understated little miracles, like nature documentaries with an interior monologue, deceit... and hats. Never forget the hats.

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tlshafer2 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.

brendaspencer008 Jan 15, 2014

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?

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

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.

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