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This is Not My Hat: 02/17/13

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This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen won the 2013 Caldecott. It's the sequel to the equally delightful and minimalist, I Want My Hat Back. He also earned an honor for his illustrations in Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett.

While the first book was told from the perspective of the hat-misser (a bear), this one follows the hat (and the stealer of said hat). As the fish explains, the hat doesn't even fit on the owner's head.

Here, then, the excitement is in the chase. If the previous book was a mystery (where is the hat? who stole it?), this one is a thriller. We know who has it and we wonder how and when he'll be caught.

I don't know if there will be any more hat books from Klassen, but I'm in love with his illustrations and somewhat dark sense of humor.

Five stars

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Comment #1: Monday, February 18, 2013 at 18:40:39


I did not know Klassen was Canadian! He is extremely funny.

Comment #2: Monday, March 25, 2013 at 22:00:00


Neither did I until I was on Goodreads verifying some other info for the review.

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