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This Is Not My Hat

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Little fish tries to outsmart big one in funny thief tale.

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Fans of Jon Klassen's award-winning I Want My Hat Back (2011) will be happy to have another low-key but subversively funny adventure involving a wild creature and a hat. The minimalist illustrations tell so much, with the doomed reality often in contrast with the little fish's overconfident narration. For example, he boasts that the crab who saw him take the hat "said he wouldn't tell anyone which way I went." But on the very next page, we see the crab lift a claw, clearly showing the big fish the little one's escape route.

The story and images are simple, but the drama and subtle humor grow on you and stand up to repeated readings aloud, which kids will surely beg for.

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