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This Is Not My Hat Hardcover – 9 Oct 2012

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  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (9 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406343935
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406343939
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 0.9 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As funny and minimalist as its predecessor --The Guardian --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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From the creator of the bestselling and award-winning I Want My Hat Back comes a second wry tale.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By broxi3781 on 7 Nov. 2012
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We own this author's first book (I Want My Hat) - which is so brilliant I couldn't wait to buy his next book. My son recently complained that too many of books were "the same". He wanted something truly unique and that is how we found Jon Klassen. I must point out though, that the black humour in these books may not appeal to all children - and in fact may upset some. I would advise parents to read this on thier own before sitting down to storytime.

This story is about a small fish who steals a hat from a much larger fish. He is quite pleased with himself, gloating about how he will get away with his crime - but crime doesn't pay and tiny fish should not antagonise big ones. Tiny fish swims through blackened ocean happily talking to himself about how big fish will never know what happened, will never find him etc.... All the while big fish is swimming behind getting closer and closer. I will not give away the ending - but I will say it might upset some children. However, the unhappy parts are not actually shown, they are simply implied by illustration so you can easily craft your own happier ending.

This has an absolutely delightful deadpan humour. My children are ages 4 and 7, and although my 7 year old rarely reads picture books anymore, he did enjoy this - and I have to admit - so did I. The illustrations are striking as well. I very much like the black water as opposed to traditional blue. It adds to the uniqueness of this book. It also a nice book to discuss the morality of taking things that do not belong to you with children.

But in addition to being a brilliant story certain to entice reluctant readers, this book, is a wonderful resource for reading instruction. The early readers by Dr Seuss were limited to 250 words.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kat C on 15 Dec. 2012
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I was given Hat Back as a gift for my daughter (age 2) last Christmas and it was an instant hit with her. I saw this book and instantly ordered it knowing it would go down well. They are not your average bedtime storybooks, they are tales with sticky endings, and amusing twists.
A small fish thinks he can get away with stealing the hat belonging to a much bigger fish....does he? You'll have to buy it and see...
A lovely story with a moral easily understood by preschoolers along with beautiful illustrations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Prue cooper on 22 April 2014
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I, an adult, found this soooo scary. I feel anxious just thinking of it. It's wonderful, and great, and unusual. I'm sure my son doesn't mind, or notice, the horror as he loves it. I can't be the only one how found this haunting! Still love it and have already recommended to many people. Personally I prefer I Want My Hat Back which is just as unusual and awesome but less scary and more humorous. Though maybe that's just me as my dad read both and loved This Is Not My Hat more. Either way both are great and both need to be read whether you have children or not.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mandynolan TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 May 2015
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A cautionary tale about a fish,a hat and a big fish!
Sounds ok doesn't it? Well ....it's brilliant....but watch out....it's a morality tale!......
You can't run....you can't hide......
This is a great read....be careful about whose hat you mess with!
A fantastic talking point for many ages but especially the under fives and those who aren't sure what to do about the possessions of others....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Burning Amnesia on 10 Feb. 2013
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A little companion piece that complements Klassen's previous book rather nicely. Wonderfully illustrated, and any little monster will love how this darkly humorous tale turns out.

Brilliant little story for teaching children about the dangers of stealing. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G Arthur on 10 Feb. 2013
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This is as good as the author's other book. The pictures are great and if you've read the first one you'll guess where this one is heading early on but kids like that. Recommend most highly but buy 'I want my hat back' first. You won't be sorry, it's a gem.
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"This is Not My Hat" by Jon Klassen is an unusual story for children about the hat, big and small fishes, innovative book from imaginative writer for children.

The story takes place in the bottom of the sea where small fish will steal a hat from a large one. Being overconfident that large fish won't notice what happened, young reader will see that big fish is following small one across the seaweed bushes.
On the last few pages small fish will be gone and, while large fish will be again wearing the hat, what happened to small one is left for each child to speculate...

Although "This is Not My Hat" has simple story, its unusual and intriguing end together with its theme of taking something that is not yours makes it different from the most books written for children.
And due to these reasons, this book allows parents to read it with their children and from an early age instill the right value that's not good to take other people's things, no matter how much they seem small or their absence unnoticeable for the owner - otherwise some consequences will certainly happen.
It's great that the author avoided showing any violent scenes; instead he left to the imagination of parents and children to speculate what happened to the little naughty fish.

Therefore, this educational, beautifully written and nicely illustrated story can be recommended to every young reader - except that it will entertain children, it will enable them to learn an important life lesson.
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