We Found a Hat (HB)
Hold on to your hats for the conclusion of the celebrated hat trilogy by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen, who gives his deadpan finale a surprising new twist.
Two turtles have found a hat. The hat looks good on both of them. But there are two turtles. And there is only one hat. . . .
Evoking hilarity and sympathy, the shifting eyes tell the tale in this brilliantly paced story in three parts, highlighting Jon Klassen's visual comedy and deceptive simplicity. The delicious buildup takes an unexpected turn that is sure to please loyal fans and newcomers alike.
Rendered in sombre hues with a gradual fading out of the soft orange as the sun finally sinks, this is desert dryness in more senses than one. Red Reading Hub This sparsely worded and drawn picture book captures brilliantly the concept of sharing and is cleverly conceived, a wonderful conclusion to a fantastic series and a highly recommended addition to any bookshelf! Armadillo Simple language and deceptively simple illustrations make this the kind of bedtime story that children will return to again and again. The Irish Times Klassen's inimitable deadpan humour combines with muted pink-and-grey landscapes, black space and soaring stars to create a taut, terse, surprisingly uplifting book. The Guardian This is the perfect ending to Jon Klassen's hat trilogy. We leave some of the darker aspects of the previous two titles behind, but without sacrificing the substance and sheer brilliance of Klassen's storytelling. The humour, the tension, the shifty eyes, all of Klassen's trademarks come out in this deadpan yet touching tale of two friends. It's the ideal story to share with youngsters beginning to learn the nuances of friendship. Booktrust This is the third in Jon Klassen's utterly brilliant Hat trilogy (I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat) and is just as witty and expressive as its predecessors - although the deadpan humour leads to a warmer ending. [...] Klassen once again creates a moral dilemma over a completely unlikely and impractical object and conjures up powerful emotional turmoil simply through the creatures' eye movements. A glorious ending makes this (ant the previous two titles) essential reading for every family. Daily Mail "Award-winning Jon Klassen is as witty, engaging and subtle as ever in this delightful story with a very big theme but told in only a very few words. Two Turtles find a hat. It looks good on both of them and they would both love to wear it. But there are two of them and only one hat. What will they do? Jon Klassen's trademark minimalist illustrations carry all the expression that is needed to tell this story of wanting and sharing. A gem of a book to read, re-read and savour." Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month October 2016, LoveReading The highly anticipated final book in Jon Klassen's amusing and thought provoking "hat" trilogy [...] Bookseller A finely observed tale of friendship, sharing and generosity of spirit. Their shifting eyes say so much with so little you really feel the turtles emotions as one fights his need for the hat. A visual comedy i three parts will amuse with its deadpan humor. Really heart warming finale to the acclaimed hat trilogy. Quietly profound and very special. South Wales Evening Post The award-winning author of I Want My Hat Back tells big stories simply. He is at his glorious best in We Found a Hat, which, with a minimum of words and the sparsest pictures, wittily captures the intense difficulty of sharing. The Guardian "This is an age category where elements more favourable to older readers can sometimes sneak in. Jon Klassen's We Found a Hat, the third in his hat trilogy, offers up a tense situation where a turtle must choose between wanting something very badly and betraying a friend." The Irish Times "the final instalment in Jon Klassen's ingeniously sparse desert trilogy doesn't disappoint" Evening Standard "[...] yet another great picturebook written and illustrated by Jon Klassen. [...] the perfect close for Klassen's Hat Trilogy." Irish Times, Children's Books of the Year recommended by Tarsila Kruse "A delightful story, told to a greater degree in the turtles' shifty side-eyes, and has a more unusual ending than previous Hat stories, but still leaves the reader wondering." Irish Times, Children's Books of the Year recommended by Olivia Hope "A different but wholly satisfying and thought provoking ending to an outstanding collection of books. Not to be missed." The School Librarian
Jon Klassen is the author-illustrator of I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat, the only book to ever win both the Kate Greenaway and Caldecott Medal. He also illustrated Mac Barnett's Extra Yarn and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, and served as an illustrator on the animated feature film Coraline. His illustrations for Caroline Stutson's Cats Night Out won the Governor General's Award in 2010. Originally from Niagara Falls, Canada, Jon now lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife. Find Jon online at www.burstofbeaden.com, and on Twitter and Instagram as @burstofbeaden.