Synopses & Reviews
From the creator of the #1 New York Times
best-selling and award-winning I Want My Hat Back
comes a second wry tale.
When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So its a good thing that enormous fish wont wake up. And even if he does, its not like hell ever know what happened....Visual humor swims to the fore as the best-selling Jon Klassen follows his breakout debut with another deadpan-funny tale.
"Like Klassen's very funny and much-praised I Want My Hat Back, this story involves a hat theft; this time, Klassen ups the ante by having the thief narrate. It's a small gray fish who has stolen a tiny bowler hat from a much larger fish ('It was too small for him anyway,' the little fish sniffs. 'It fits me just right'). Klassen excels at using pictures to tell the parts of the story his unreliable narrators omit or evade. 'There is someone who saw me already,' admits the little fish, about a goggle-eyed crab. 'But he said he wouldn't tell anyone which way I went. So I am not worried about that.' The spread tells another story; the crab betrays the small fish in a heartbeat, pointing to its hiding place, 'where the plants are big and tall and close together.' Readers hope for the best, but after the big fish darts in, only one of them emerges, sporting the hat. It's no surprise that the dominant color of the spreads is black. Tough times call for tough picture books. Ages 4 – 8. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"The eyes have it in Klassen's latest hat book. Klassen manages to tell almost the whole story through subtle eye movements and the tilt of seaweed and air bubbles....Darkly hilarious. The Horn Book (starred review)
"Klassen's authorial debut, I Want My Hat Back (2011), became one of the surprise picture-book hits of the year, and while its tempting to see this follow-up as a sequel, its really only related in its hat-theft theme, animal characters, deadpan humor, and a suggestively dark conclusion....The simple, dramatic tension and macabre humor that's right at a kids level of deviousness mesh splendidly with Klassen's knack for tiny, telling details and knockout page turns. Who knew hat thievery was such a bottomless well?" Booklist (starred review)
"Klassen combines spare text and art to deliver no small measure of laughs in another darkly comic haberdashery whodunit....Hats off!" Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
About the Author
Jon Klassen is the creator of the 2012 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book and New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Childrens Book of the Year I Want My Hat Back. He is also the illustrator of Caroline Stutsons Cats Night Out, winner of the prestigious Governor Generals Award for Illustration. Jon Klassen has worked as an illustrator for feature animated films, music videos, and editorial pieces. Originally from Niagara Falls, Ontario, he now lives in Los Angeles, California.