This Is Not My Hat

By Jon Klassen

A sneaky fish learns a lesson in crime and punishment in the bestselling, multiple award-winning sequel to I Want My Hat Back.

Winner of the Caldecott Medal and Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 From the creator of the bestselling I Want My Hat Back and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole comes the story of a tiny fish who proudly wears a blue hat. It fits him perfectly. Problem is, trouble could be following close behind... So it's a good thing that the enormous fish he took it from won't wake up. And even if he does, it's not as though he'll ever know what happened, right? With so many emotions conveyed in just the glint of an eye, visual humour swims to the fore in this thrillingly original, perfectly-paced cautionary tale.

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 3+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406353433
  • Published: 16 Jun 2014
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 200 x 280 mm
  • Pages: 40

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Customer 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' Bookseller

'this book will have youngsters questioning what actually happening, and invites the reader to look again' 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, suspicion, crime, punishment, guilt and death without using a single word.' Inis magazine

'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' Irish Times

'Certain to be a bestseller.' The Bookseller

'Elegant books' Wall Street Journal

'A submarine tale of hubris and death. All great picture books – Where the Wild Things Are, The Tiger Who Came To Tea, The Gruffalo – have their moments of darkness. But nothing as dark as the ending of this masterpiece. It has the world’s funniest ever drawing of a crab pointing' The New Review, Observer

'Jon Klassen’s classy formalised illustrations, with their limited palette of black and autumnal colours, instantly win fans with every book. His humour, here, is also black. . . Klassen’s expression and design are minimal, but nevertheless there is character and narrative drive, suspense, menace, morality and a twist.' The Sunday Times

'Winsome tale of rough justice' Sunday Telegraph

'A terrific story' S Magazine

'One of the funniest books of the year' Spectator

'Another funny tale from bestselling Jon Klassen' Woman’s Way

'Jon Klassen strikes gold again with this hilarious follow-up to I Want My Hat Back.' Gurgle

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