Author Feature: Jon Klassen

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Canadian writer, animator, and illustrator Jon Klassen’s humorous, simply illustrated picture books have won multiple awards, been translated into more than 20 languages, and sold more one million copies world wide. Our library many of his books, all of them delightfully sarcastic tales that challenge readers to think about what they’re seeing in the pictures and imagine what happens in between the pages of the story.

His most famous book, This is Not My Hat, won the Caldecott and Greenaway Medals, the first book in history to win both. It tells the story of a little fish that has found a hat that fits him perfectly, and his flight from the actual owner of the hat…


His newest book We Found A Hat is a delightful tale. “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. . . “


This librarian’s personal favorite is I Want My Hat Back, the story of a bear looking for his hat. The pictures really make this tale, with the hat making its appearance long before the bear realizes that he’s seen it somewhere.


Not all of Klassen’s work is about hats, though. He also teams up with other writers to produce such delightful tales as The Dark by Lemony Snicket (of Series of Unfortunate Events fame).


Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark is not afraid of Laszlo.

Laszlo lives in a house. The dark lives in the basement.

One night, the dark comes upstairs to Laszlo’s room, and Laszlo goes down to the basement.

This is the story of how Laszlo stops being afraid of the dark.

These quirky, delightful tales are all available at our library. Stop by in our open hours to give them a try!



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