[Book Review] This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

This is Not My HatThis is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

My rating: ★★☆☆☆

Compared to the hilarity that was I Want My Hat Back, This Is Not My Hat was downright disappointing.

I Want My Hat Back was spectacular because I honestly didn't see the ending coming. I expected your typical kid's book. Main character has a problem, does a few random boring things to try to solve the problem, and then succeeds in solving the problem. But the way I Want My Hat Back ended was so wondrously unexpected and absurdly amusing that I couldn't help but love it.

This is not the case with This Is Not My Hat. In effect, This Is Not My Hat is the same plot as I Want My Hat Back except from a different perspective (a hat thief this time rather than a victim)... and it's boring. You know what's going to happen, and then when it does, it isn't funny. There's no absurdly endearing final line. No barely-hidden black comedy. No humorously detailed final scene. No surprise twist.

So this was a miss for me. Maybe next time, Klassen.


  1. Hi Amara,
    My name is Meg and I run a site called Booknixie.com. I was looking for reviews of This is Not My Hat to share on our site and I came across your post... If you're open to it, shoot me an email at meg(at)booknixie(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you soon!

  2. Thanks for the offer, Meg, but I don't think it's for me. Sorry, and best of luck elsewhere. :)


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