This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
  

This is Not My Hat

Written by Jon Klassen
Illustrated by Jon Klassen

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Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 - Winner of the UKLA Book Awards 3-6yrs 2014- Winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal. One of Julia Eccleshare’s Stand-out Children’s Book of the Year 2012 Best-selling illustrator Jon Klassen follows up his successful I Want My Hat Back in this witty, almost wordless picture book about a tiny fish who steals a hat from a very big fish – and hopes to get away with it. The eloquent but simple illustrations show the audacious behaviour of a hapless fish heading for disaster.

Young children will love the joke...and the fact that they know what the little fish doesn’t.

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The UKLA Book Awards are held annually and are the only UK children’s book awards that are voted for by teachers. The judges said This is Not My Hat was destined to become a classic: “Klassen successfully combines elements of pantomime – a moral tale and a horror story with almost unbearable suspense in this outstanding picture book. The clever interplay between text and illustration allows the reader to witness the sheer optimism of a thieving fish while simultaneously observing the inevitable consequence of his actions.”

Synopsis

This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

From the creator of the bestselling and award-winning I Want My Hat Back comes a second wry tale. When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue top hat (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it's a good thing that enormous fish won't wake up. And even if he does, it's not as though he'll ever know what happened, will he. Visual humour swims to the fore as the bestselling Jon Klassen follows his break-out debut with another deadpan-funny tale. This is a second thought-provoking musing on the nature of crime and punishment.

Reviews

appealing as much to adults as children Bookseller the silence of the last page is deafening, and this book will encourage lots of conversation in the classroom -- Marilyn Brocklehurst Bookseller this book will have youngsters questioning what actually happening, and invites the reader to look again -- Vanessa Lewis Bookseller Thrillingly original and subtle in its approach to storytelling We Love This Book A cautionary tale told through subversive and sumptuously illustrated visual humour CBI recommended reads of 2012 This is perfectly pared-down storytelling which builds the tension and the outrageous denouement with exquisite timing. (Librarian's choice) Reading Zone I will only say that Klassen cleverly covers theft, suspiscion, crime, punishment, guilt and death without using a single word. Inis This is as funny and minimalist as its predecessor. The Guardian Glorious illustrations convey a wide range of emotions in the glint of an eye and the moral is a good talking point. Daily Mail Lends itself to many retellings The Irish Times

About the Author

Jon Klassen

Jon Klassen has created illustrations for popular series The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place and served as an illustrator on the animated feature film Coraline. His illustrations for Caroline Stutson's Cats Night Out won the Governor General Award in 2010. I Want My Hat Back is the first book he has both written and illustrated. Originally from Niagara Falls, Canada, he lives in Los Angeles, USA.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
40 pages
Interest Age: From 4

Author

Jon Klassen
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Author's Website

www.burstofbeaden.com/

Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

11th October 2012

ISBN

9781406343939

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