Children’s Book Reviews

Children's Book Reviews: We Found a Hat

Publish January 10, 2017

Caldecott award-winning author and illustrator, Jon Klassen, completes his acclaimed hat trilogy with We Found a Hat.  To recap, I Want My Hat Back (2011) stars a wronged bear who loses his favourite pointy red chapeau, and This is Not My Hat (2012) features a duplicitous little fish who snitches a big fish’s blue bowler.  This final instalment showcases two turtles who happen upon a ten-gallon hat in the desert.   They each take a turn modelling the oversized white hat, and both become enamoured.  Unfortunately, there are two turtles, and just one hat, and therein lies the moral dilemma.   They vow to forget they ever laid eyes on the accessory, but as darkness falls, one of the turtles clearly has hat tricks on his mind.    The surreal, dreamy conclusion is emotionally satisfying and also open for individual interpretation. Jon Klassen’s deadpan, economical text and trademark minimalist artwork are both on fine display here.  The action unfolds in three separate, chapter-headed parts, much like acts in a play.   Emotions are cleverly conveyed through the characters’ expressive eyes, from sideways glances full of covert longing, to poker-faced subterfuge.  We Found a Hat is a triumphant conclusion to an extraordinary series.

We Found a Hat

Jon Klassen
Candlewick Press: Penguin Random House of Canada
ISBN 13: 978-0-7636-5600-3

Linda Ludke
Linda Ludke

Linda Ludke is a librarian at London Public Library.  Her reviews have appeared in Quill and QuireSchool Library Journal and CM:  Canadian Review of Materials.  When she’s not reading and writing she also loves searching for vintage treasures.

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