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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows fish in their habitat, with undersea plants and a crab.
Just because you think no one saw you doing something wrong doesn't mean you won't get caught or there won't be consequences. Also, it's implied that it's wrong to steal. And sometimes you can get into trouble by fooling yourself and being overconfident.
Positive Role Models
The big fish calmly seeks justice.
Violence & Scariness
It's implied but not shown that the big fish eats or otherwise overpowers the little fish to get his hat back.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 2013 Caldecott Medal winner This Is Not My Hat is the follow-up (but not a sequel) to Jon Klassen's award-winning I Want My Hat Back. It's slyly funny as it pits an overconfident little fish who thinks he won't get caught against the big fish whose hat he stole. The text and illustrations are simple, but they pack a punch with understated humor and even a life lesson about moral comeuppance.
Is It Any Good?
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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