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Friday 14 October 2016

Review: We Found a Hat

That bear may have got his hat back and that fish with its jaunty bowler may be in a whole lot of trouble, but in this third book in the Hat trilogy by dead-pan humourist Jon Klassen, we have actually found a hat.

We are two turtles. We find a hat. It looks good on both of us. But there is only one hat. So we must forget we ever saw the hat.

Must we not?

Yet another dry tale about the agony of material desire, these adorable turtles had me smirking my smirk off, as one, in particular, cannot help but stare at that striking headwear from afar, pining... pining... pining.

Will he forsake friendship for a jaunty-looking accessory?

Of course, it's the little things Klassen does so well. The eyes drifting to the hat. The silence. The way that hat hangs from each turtle's head. It's subtlety and cleverness is every bit as scrumptious as the last two books.

The ending to this book is a lot less deliciously ghastly than I Want My Hat Back, but not in a disappointing way--rather a 'oh, okay, this is different' way. That loss of grand finale 'impact' is soothed, however, by the loveliness. And the giggle-worthy final spread.

Another winner from Mr Klassen, King (and quite possibly Emperor) of Subtle Humour.

Title: We Found a Hat
Author/Illustrator: Jon Klassen
Publisher: Walker Books, $24.99
Publication Date: 1 October 2016
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781406347517
For ages: 3 - 8
Type: Picture Book