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  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1st (first) edition (Sept. 27 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763655988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763655983
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.1 x 28.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You know, bears may stand for adults in some way, because they're big, they're ungainly, they're goofy. They're like most of us grownups. But the bear in this book paws down; he's got to be the dimmest, most slow-witted, brilliantly stupid bear to come along in years. I really love him.
—NPR Weekend Edition

A marvelous book in the true dictionary sense of "marvel": it is a wonderful and astonishing thing, the kind of book that makes child laugh and adult chuckle, and both smile in appreciation. A charmingly wicked little book.
—The New York Times

Four pages into this charmer, every kindergartner will know where the bear's missing hat is - but they'll never predict the hilarious revenge he takes on the thief.
—People Magazine

Deliberately understated, with delectable results... Skillful characterizations; though they're simply drawn and have little to say, each animal emerges fully realized.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About the Author

Jon Klassen received the 2010 Canadian Governor General's Award for his illustrations in Caroline Stutson's CAT'S NIGHT OUT. He also created illustrations for the popular series THE INCORRIGIBLE CHILDREN OF ASHTON PLACE and served as an illustrator on the animated feature film Coraline. I WANT MY HAT BACK is the first book he has both written and illustrated. Originally from Niagara Falls, Canada, he lives in Los Angeles.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Squeak 'n Banana on Feb. 22 2012
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The bear loves his hat but it has gone missing! We follow the bear as he politely asks the woodland animals he meets if they have seen his hat. The ending is too mischievous to give away.

Told almost entirely in dialogue, this story is one that the adults will appreciate as much as the children. The illustrations are dead simple, but the characters are fully realized -- it must be their eyes!

Klassen's background in animated films comes through: the long stare-off between the bunny and the bear, the flash of red as the penny finally drops...

This is the first book that Jon Klassen both wrote and illustrated. I love it. More, more!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By eppur si muove on May 16 2014
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This is a witty, pretty book; my daughter loves it, and when the punchline comes (which I won't spoil) she bursts forth in laughter. Yes, it is dark humour, with themes of theft, deception and revenge. Some of the parents who give it a one-star review do so for that reason, saying these themes are inappropriate for children.

You know what I say to those parents? If you want your kids to grow up humourless, cloistered and sort of dumb, that's probably the right decision. The same parents who scorn this book as too vulgar are also probably letting their kids watch typically American shoot-em-up movies, with guns blazing and glamorized killing of everyone in sight -- except of course the pretty woman and square-jawed hero. Gee, I wonder which is worse?

So give the murder flicks a miss, and get this pretty and hilarious book. Irony and humour -- even dark humour -- are learned intellectual traits. If you want to raise an intelligent adult, this book will help.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Agno on May 8 2013
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I found this book humorous, and my 5 year old daughter also enjoys it, even after explaining what happens to the rabbit. This also provided me with the opportunity to explain that punishment should fit the crime, and that the punishment was a little excessive. It also provides an opportunity to explain that some people don't react well to discovered lies.

It is definitely not a 'regular' children's book, but I think you'll like it if you enjoy dark humour, and are willing to explain what happens to your child, and why the bear's response may not be appropriate.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Beachbum on Oct. 13 2011
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I happened upon this book while brousing through the Children's section of a well known chain with my (teenaged) kids. The picture of the lonely bear and the title, "I Want My Hat Back" provided an irresistable magnet, and we were soon reading it out loud. The artwork, while simple, is fantastic and the text is hilarious!! The part with the shifty rabbit is priceless, and the ending is sweet justice. You definitely don't have to be a kid to enjoy this soon to be classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James DiCenzo on May 20 2012
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Highly recommended; the family loves it. One of the best children's books I've seen in years. We hope to see more from this author.
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By MJ on June 5 2014
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My husband, son and I all love this book. We use different voices for each character which makes it even more fun. It's very funny. If you don't like deapan quirky humour you won't like it. The bad reviews that talk about violence is missing the point but everyone is entitled to their opinion. If you want mainstream fairy tales this ain't it.

The illustrations are just as important as the text. Brilliant!
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BOOK IS AMAZING. I think it's for adults AND children. As the BF and I were walking through Indigo kid's section the title caught our eye, we started reading it and immediately after the first page we were laughing our heads off. I think reading the book to youngsters could also be used as a teaching tool (difference between right and wrong etc.). The text is clever and fits well with the illustrations.
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By Maggie 333 on Jan. 14 2013
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I love this book, and the sequel. It is hilarious. The pictures tell a separate story from the words, making it a hoot to figure out the difference between what's written and what's actually going on in the story. This allows the kids to interact with the story, because the pictures tell them a different story from the words, and they have to figure out what's really going on. So worth it.
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