The Children’s Book Review | January 20, 2016
Written by Jon Klassen
Age Range: 2 and up
Hardcover: 56 pages
Publisher: Candlewick Press
What to expect: Friendship, Kindness, Funny
In this hilarious third installment of Jon Klassen’s award-winning trilogy, a hat could potentially tear two turtle friends apart.
Jon Klassen is the author and illustrator behind the very popular I WANT MY HAT BACK and THIS IS NOT MY HAT. WE FOUND A HAT continues the journey of cute animals finding or stealing hats. In this book two little turtles, clearly best friends who do everything from sleep to watch sunsets together, find a hat. It is beautiful. It looks great on both of them. It fits well. But, alas, there is but one.
“There is only one thing to do. We must leave the hat here and forget that we found it,” the second turtle says. It wouldn’t be right for only one of them to have a hat, no matter how great it is. The first turtle isn’t too sure, and his very expressive little eyes keep a wary watch on that amazing hat as they fall asleep. Will he take the hat for himself, or will he realize that his friendship, and their dreams, are worth more than even the best hat in the world?
Fans of previous books will absolutely love this third installment, and new readers will go back and get the first two. WE FOUND A HAT is the best book in the series. It is surprisingly sweet, as well as funny. Klassen is a master of looks and expressions on illustrated animals. Even the littlest of readers can tell that the first turtle is not really looking at the sunset, and instead is coveting that hat. When you finish the book, children will immediately demand that you read it again. And again. Adults will likely find themselves choking up while reading it.
After all, nothing is sweeter to have than friendship.
About Jon Klassen
Jon Klassen is the author-illustrator of I Want My Hat Back, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book, and This Is Not My Hat, winner of the Caldecott Medal. He is the illustrator of two Caldecott Honor books, including Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn, both written by Mac Barnett, as well as House Held Up by Trees, written by Ted Kooser. Originally from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Jon Klassen now lives in Los Angeles.
We Found a Hat, by Jon Klassen, was reviewed by Denise Mealy. Discover more books like We Found a Hat by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with Books About Hats, Friendship, Humorous Books, Jon Klassen, Kindness, Picture Book, and Turtles.