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Word salad, yum.

Jon Klassen’s This Is Not My Hat certainly encourages discussion– see Lolly’s review here, Robin’s review here and mine over here–but over at Amazon I discovered a rather breathtaking display of the strategic (psychotic?) deployment of the non sequitur as a tool. (By a tool? Discuss.):

“This book is another in the long line of deconstruction books. These ‘collectivist’ authors seek to undermine logic, morals, and societal structures in favor of a new non thinking non feeling outcome based paradigm. These authors are destroying our childrens minds and souls. It has been done in other totalitarian/communist countries–now it is American children who are the targets. I can only guess what this charlatans next book will be. I am guessing it will be about a big large older male fish who ‘befriends’ a lonely and vulnerable boy fish, leading him on a dark and exotic lifestyle choice. And right on cue the morons will be hailing it as a breakthrough book for young boys learning about ‘choices.’ God help us all.”

Amen to that.

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. Oh wow. This just made my day!

    Read this book in story time the other day… Hope those kids somehow recovered from the communist brainwashing they got in on their visit to the library.

  2. Speaking as someone who used to work in a children’s library, tovarisch Sarah, don’t you know that *all* libraries are pinko commie brainwashing centers? And “I Want My Hat Back” promotes murder. *cough*

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