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Jon Klassen

Jon Klassen is a Canadian animator and creator of picturebooks now living in the US. He has illustrated books for other writers and has a long-standing creative partnership with Mac Barnett.

Jon’s self-authored picturebook, I Want My Hat Back (2011) won both the Caldecott Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal, the first time a book has won both awards,  This was followed by two further books in what has come to be regarded as the ‘Hat’ trilogy, This is Not My Hat (2012) and We Found a Hat (2016)  Both books were on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 40 weeks.

With Mac Barnett, he has created three books in the Shape trilogy: Triangle (2017), Square (2018) and Circle (2019). Plus standalone stories Extra Yarn (2012), Sam and Dave Dig a Hole (2014) and The Wolf the Duck and the Mouse (2017)

Jon has also created eye-catching book jackets, notably for Sara Pennypacker’s Pax and Here in the Real World.

In this episode, Jon talks about his newly released book,, the enigmatic, The Rock from The Sky.