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'This Is Not My Hat' author Jon Klassen on his Caldecott Medal win: 'I feel like I'm going to get hit by a bus' -- EXCLUSIVE

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What does this all mean to you?
I don’t know!

It’s a very philosophical question.
[Laughs] It’s hard. I don’t think I’ve processed it quite yet. What struck me the most is that they even had This Is Not My Hat in the room. Someone was looking at it. I’m still getting over that, the fact that people looked at the book. That probably sounds overly modest or something, but it still is a big deal. They were talking about it and discussing it… I don’t think my head is capable of processing it.

Is it at all intimidating to think that they went through your book in such detail?
Yeah! It’s great to hear that the result was a win, but it still makes you so nervous. It’s like, What were they looking at? It’s like being seen in your underwear and you didn’t know it. It’s bizarre.

So where will you keep your medals?
I don’t know. I have to make a little shelf or something for them.

What are your upcoming plans? Are you working on a new book?
I’m working on another book with Mac [Barnett], who did Extra Yarn. And I’m working on another one on my own. Neither of them have release dates yet — it’s still pretty early on. But they’re in the pipe.

Will there be another Hat book?
I’m working on what exactly that would be. It’s a tricky thing. The first one wasn’t really prompted by anything. And then the second book — the first book didn’t really suggest a second one even though we sort of found it afterwards. They weren’t planned together. And the third one is doing the same thing. The two books together don’t suggest a third, but I’d like a third. You get nervous about trilogies. I can’t really think of tons of trilogies where the third one was a grand slam. It’s always something like, Well, we had to do it. Everyone likes the first and second ones, but no one seems to like the third. Something has to change. I’m not really sure what it is. The books are so short that you can change your mind a thousand times up to the last minute, so it could end up being very different from what I’m thinking of now. I don’t really want to commit to anything specific just yet. [Laughs]

Are you going to take a vacation or anything now that you’ve won?
No, I’m working pretty hard still. You kind of want to earn it, you know what I mean? That’s the bizarre thing too. I haven’t been doing books for too long. It’s been three or four years and so you kind of feel like the award is something you… It feels like they’re saying keep going. It’s like, “We like what you’re doing, keep it up.” So you want to earn it. You want make them feel like you deserve it.

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