Here is another fabulous picture book by Jon Klassen, the author of the very the very funny I Want My Hat Back. I love the dark, dry humor in this and I Want My Hat Back.
A little fish has taken a very big fishes’ hat. He swims confidently to the place where the plants grow big and tall and close together. He is sure that the big fish will not know where he is and that the crab that saw him swim by will not tell the big fish where to find him. Oops. This book has great pacing and is perfect for my “too old for picture books” students. They love it as do I.
Jon Klassen is also the illustrator of Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, one of my favorite picture books. C
I just love this book. Jon Klassen is a fantastic illustrator. His illustrations are quite distinctive. While this book looks really simple, the humor is dry and there is just that touch of darkness that older readers love.
“My hat is gone. I want it back.” A big bear is looking for his pointy red hat. He asks lots of animals if they’ve seen his hat. A rabbit wearing a red, pointy hat suspiciously answers the bear’s query by saying that he did not steal a red hat. The book goes on until the bear remembers where he saw his hat. I won’t tell you what happens next, but let’s just say that the bear gets his hat back.
Such a great book. Enjoy!
I have to admit that I’m a big fan of local Bay Area author Mac Barnett and also the illustrator Jon Klassen (I Want My Hat Back). Annabelle lives in a town with no color. One day, she finds a box with colorful yarn. She knits herself a sweater, when she has some yarn left over, she knits a sweater for her dog Mars. The yarn never seems to run out, and Annabelle never seems to stop wanting to knit. Soon her drab town is covered in wonderful color, everyone has a sweater (or a hat), including the bird houses, the trees, the houses, the pets. Color is everywhere. My students love watching the book come to life as Annabelle knits. But, like every great book, there is a villian. The archduke offers millions of dollars to Annabelle if se will just give up her magical yarn. When Annabelle says, “no”, the Archduke steals the box. My students love this book and are always quiet until the end, when they applaud. It’s a wonderful read aloud for all second to fifth graders in the library or just one on one at home.