Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr): Vroom! by Barbara McClintock

Jon Klassen's Hat Box

Jon Klassen and hats: they're a thing. In I Want My Hat Back (2011), a bear in search of its lid doesn't see it hiding in plain view on a rabbit's head. (The reader will.) In This Is Not My Hat (2012), a little fish swipes the hat right off a big sleeping fish, figuring "he probably won't notice that it's gone." (He does.) And in We Found a Hat (2016), each of two turtles wants to claim ownership of the nifty white chapeau they find together in the desert. All three stories are told in dialogue or interior monologue so spare and funny that the books' atypical brown and grayscale palettes haven't put off young readers, who have made Klassen a bestselling author/illustrator. Now Candlewick has created Jon Klassen's Hat Box, a hat-tastic boxed set containing the trilogy, plus a frame-worthy print from I Want My Hat Back. What could be better than (t)hat? --Nell Beram, freelance writer and YA author