Utes x460 this is not my hat


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This is an analysis of the children's book This is Not My Hat. This was completed for a Children's Literature Class.

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Utes x460 this is not my hat

  1. 1. This is Not My Hat Laura Utes
  2. 2. This is Not My Hat – Basic Information  Written by Jon Klassen  Illustrated by Jon Klassen  Published by Candlewick Press  2013 winner of The Caldecott Medal
  3. 3. Style  The style in this book was very difficult to determine because it did not clearly fit into any category.  This book fits into the naïve style the best because the proportions of the large fish are off.  The fish is very large but makes very small bubbles, has a small tail, and small side fins.  The whole story is told using the expressions of the fish (just their eyes).
  4. 4. Media  According to The Classroom Bookshelf, Klassen used Chinese ink and digital media to create the look in This is Not My Hat. (http://classroombookshelf.blogspot.com/2013/02/ 2013-caldecott-medal-winner-this-is-not.html)  Some of the illustrations are more transparent, such as the plants, while the fish, rocks, and crab are more opaque.  Even on the pages that show the dense, forest of plants, some plants are solid and others are translucent.
  5. 5. Line  Klassen uses the lines on the page to suggest movement when the large fish takes off after the person that stole his hat.  He also uses vertical lines when he draws the plants to show the tranquility of the water.
  6. 6. Shape  The characters represented natural objects, so the shapes were kept natural and are mostly rounded.  The shapes appear two-dimensional, flat to the page.  All of the shapes in the story are simple, childlike representations of the objects.
  7. 7. Color  This is Not My Hat is about theft and stealth, so it makes sense that the book is illustrated in dark colors.  Klassen uses natural colors, mostly tan, brown, and grey.  The background is black on every page, except where the text is written.  The lighter colors of the fish, immediately grab the readers’ attention.  The plants in the forest are various colors so that they appear dense and give the impression of overlapping.  Klassen also uses fairly dull colors in the illustrations.  This fits with the action taking place under the water where there would be less light.
  8. 8. Texture  All of the objects in the book appear two- dimensional but Klassen is still able to give the appearance of texture.  The large fish and the rock appear speckled, giving them the illusion of texture.  The pattern on the small fish makes it look like it has scales.  The plants appear smooth in all of the pictures and makes it appear that they are really submerged in water.
  9. 9. Composition  By using a black background for all the illustrations and a white background for all the text, Klassen created unity throughout the book.  Klassen also draws the reader’s eye to the fish by making them bright.  The size of the bigger fish causes him to dominate any scene and leaves no doubt as to who will end up with the hat in the end.
  10. 10. Action  Klassen does an excellent job of depicting action in his story.  Little bubbles appear behind the fish to show that they are moving and which direction they are headed.  He also shows the plants bending at the bottom of the page when the big fish takes off after the little fish.
  11. 11. Overall Impression  Klassen does a very good job of depicting the story.  The words are almost pointless.  You can understand exactly what is happening just by looking at the pictures.  At the end of the story, the words become unnecessary and the pictures tell you what happens while still leaving room for the readers imagination.  Do they fight? Does the big fish eat the little one?  All that is known is that the big fish gets his hat back.
  12. 12. The end