We Found a Hat
The long awaited third book in Jon Klassen's hat trilogy, We Found a Hat (published October 2016) definitely does not disappoint. In fact, you know how sometimes the last book in a series is disappointing? Twilight I'm looking at you. Even though I wasn't one of the disappointed ones. Breaking Dawn, Allegiant, Mockingjay....the list goes on for disappointed fans as a whole. Rather than disappoint us with We Found a Hat, Klassen takes the essence of the first two books to a whole other level.
Two turtle friends stumble upon a hat. They both want it. There's only one hat. There's no good solution, right? And, unlike in I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat, there is no possibility of a morbid interpretation of the ending. (Or is there?) Instead, the two turtles are struggling with a classic toddler conundrum: do I share this hat/toy with my friend or do I take it for myself?
All three picture books have beautiful collage-like illustrations. I'm partial to the second book, This Is Not My Hat, perhaps as this is the one we own and we've read it countless times. As a toddler, Little Lion would hunt for the little fish among the sea grass and kelp that was serving as camouflage. And we'd always have the discussion, what happened to the fish? Was he eaten? Did he swim away?
We Found a Hat has an unpredictable ending that fits the story just right.
Rating: All three from the trilogy are must-haves and belong on the lowest shelf. And, yes, I'm including this book in the category of books we love for our theme this month--the message is lovely without hitting you over the head. And we do love turtles.
Ages: babies on up. A fun read for the whole family.