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Klassen is genius to convey so much meaning with tiny changes in the illustrations!
Reviewed in the United States on March 25, 2017
Klassen's art is just fabulous and his view of life seems quite quirky! My 7-year-old daughter and I love him! For some reason, this is the last of the hat trilogy for us to read. Klassen's comic timing with his illustrations is superb. He makes subtle changes to the illustrations that actually create a dramatic and humorous impact. We laughed out loud reading this. For example, Klassen shows us a large fish that fills 2 pages in profile with his eye closed. The little fish has just stolen the big fish's hat while he sleeps but we only see the big fish. On the next 2 pages, the little fish is thinking that "he probably won't wake up for a long time" and at that time we are looking at the same picture of the big fish but with his eye open. The next page the little fish thinks that "even if he does wake up, he probably won't notice that it's gone" and without changing anything in the picture except the big fish's eye we know he notices. The big fish's pupil is pointed up toward his head! Then on the next page, the little fish thinks that "even it he does notice that it's gone, he probably won't know it was me who took it." This time Klassen uses the exact same 2-page big fish picture but the fish knowingly narrows his eye. Klassen is just genius to convey so much with so little! We do not see the little fish until 13 pages into the story although the book is entirely from his perspective.
My daughter and I hotly debated the end. We know the big fish emerges from the dense plants with his hat back and we no longer hear from the little fish. I am firmly in the little-fish-got-eaten camp but my daughter believes he is hiding in shame. Such fun regardless!