This Is Not My Hat (Jon Klassen)


Hello, everyone! Today, we read This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen, a cute and funny little story about two fish and a coveted hat.

A little fish swims along, wearing a dashing little derby. But as he informs the audience, it is not his hat. He took it from a much bigger fish while that fish was sleeping. He probably won’t wake up for a long while. And even if he does, he probably won’t even notice the hat is missing. And even if he does, he probably won’t figure out who took it… or will he?

This was a delightfully silly tale that craftily juxtaposes the thief’s narrative (positive that he will get away will his ill-gotten hat), and the reality of the situation (the bigger fish is awake, aware, and coming to get his hat back!) to create a very funny read for children. The text is simple and humorous, fun to read, and a good length for little ones. The illustrations are fun, too, and tell a lot without words, though the colors were a bit dark to be stimulating for baby bookworms. That being said, JJ still enjoyed it, and it was a great book to teach the word “fish” during! All in all, an enjoyable read that is Baby Bookworm approved!

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