Jon Klassen

The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse

June 23, 2018
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What? Just... what? This-- I can't even-- Wow.

I think the message that people are getting from it, at least from the first half of the book, is "Don't let your misfortunes get you down." The back of the book has this quote: "'I may have been swallowed,' said the duck, 'but I have no intention of being eaten.'" But if that was the real message, then they absolutely would not want to stay in the stomach of the wolf at the end. The most accurate message I can get from the book is: "People in bad situations become so acclimated to them that it doesn't seem bad to them anymore." They actually start to like it, as in Stockholm Syndrome.

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The life of a parasite is awesome?

Extra Yarn

December 26, 2017
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Maybe she should learn to crochet or something.

It's pretty. It's fairly innocuous. It's just a weird book. It doesn't go anywhere. There's no reason for her to be making these things. There's no impetus for it, and the only conflict resolves itself. I guess the message is, "Don't steal things." I don't think most people nowadays need to be taught that.

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Don't steal things. Or, trucks need sweaters, too.

This is Not My Hat

September 30, 2017
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Seriously, Mr. Klassen, what is it with the hats?

The main character is a jerk, and the main character gets karma. Maybe children like this kind of sociopathic protagonist and the ensuing comeuppance.

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It's wrong to steal a hat.

The Dark

February 4, 2017
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Who are you in the dark?

It's basically an interesting personification of the dark as something to be respected but not feared. A force of nature, really. It's personified as something which is helpful, nice, and a little bit misunderstood. Not as scary as it first seems.

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Respect darkness but don't fear it.

I Want My Hat Back

September 22, 2016
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Quick review.

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Um okay. Pretty much what everyone described. A bear's hat is stolen and he confronts animals. The rabbit, while wearing the stolen hat, lies about it. Later, the bear remembers and confronts the rabbit and eats him, then denies having eaten him.

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Don't steal things.