November 12, 2013

Jon Klassen: Das ist nicht mein Hut / This Is Not My Hat

I was waiting for this great one to be published in German: "This Is Not My Hat" by brilliant writer and illustrator Jon Klassen, originally published in 2012 by Candlewick Press and now in German by Swiss publisher NordSüd Verlag. It is not a sequel of Jon Klassen's first best-selling hat book "I Want My Hat Back". The pale blue bowler is just an abstract object like the red hat in the first book. What can I say? It's fabulous! The story is about a little fish who has stolen a hat from a much larger fish ("It was too small for him anyway"). The monologue contradicts every scene and in the end the dark-coloured pictures say more than words could say. I like the subtle humor when the little fish thinks he has gotten away with his offence ...
Jon Klassen won the Caldecott Medal for "This Is Not My Hat". He also illustrated "The Dark", written by Lemony Snicket, that was selected among the "10 Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2013" by The New York Times.


Just the eyes ...






"Wo ist mein Hut" was awarded with the "Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis". Purchase your copy in German here or here