But it just got donated to the library, so I sat down and read it, and when I got to the end, OH MY GOD, I howled.
And then I was all, "THAT WAS REALLY DARK."
And then I proceeded to sit right there and read it again, snickering away to my heart's content.
I think it's the expression on the crab's face (eyestalks?) that really kills me.
And also the various expressions on the big fish's face as he wakes up, realizes his hat is gone, and IMMEDIATELY KNOWS WHO TOOK IT.
And the rhythm and repetition of the line about the safety of the plants that "grow big and tall and close together".
The crab, though, MAN. I love him.
Oh! I just realized! You know why this struck such a chord with me? No, of course you don't. Well, I'll tell you: I've been rearranging all of our fairy tale picture books, and so I've been thinking a lot about various stories and whatnot, but especially about how Goldilocks is SUCH A JERK. I mean, she breaks into someone's house, eats their food and breaks their stuff, and somehow we're supposed to care about/root for her? NO, THANK YOU.
Anyway, I love that This is Not My Hat is kind of the anti-Goldilocks.
...which I'm sure has been pointed out before, but IT'S ALL NEW TO ME, SO HERE I AM, POSTING ABOUT IT ANYWAY.