Themes: morals, stealing, revenge, anger, excuses, moralising, ethics
“This is Not My Hat” is a perfect sequel to Jon’s previous, beautiful and hilarious “This is Not My Hat.” Where the previous release told a story from the viewpoint of the Bear who had lost his hat, “This is Not My Hat” tells a similar tale, but from the perspective of one who has stolen a hat from someone else.
Where “I Want My Hat Back” asked the reader how they might respond to either someone stealing their hat or being asked to help someone find something that had been lost “This is Not My Hat” is a moral story about what excuses one might make in order to steal something and what we might think would be a suitable punishment for a thief, or how we might seek revenge if we were to have something stolen to us.
Jon’s stuck to:
- using his quirky & wry humour,
- simple yet beautiful illustrations that can show the emotional expression changes of a fish by slight changes to the eyes,
- and to his almost-perfect colour pallet , (seriously, his use of colour is an antidote to the artwork Ken Done)
And in doing so has created a perfect sequel & a beautiful and witty stand-alone picture book.
There was recently a “Blog Tour” where various literature blogs interviewed Jon Klassen about his work, check out the posts here: