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I Want My Hat Back [Hardcover]

Jon Klassen
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Sept. 27 2011 E. B. White Read-Aloud Award. Picture Books
A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2011!

A picture-book delight by a rising talent tells a cumulative tale with a mischievous twist.

The bear's hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they have seen it. Each animal says no, some more elaborately than others. But just as the bear begins to despond, a deer comes by and asks a simple question that sparks the bear's memory and renews his search with a vengeance. Told completely in dialogue, this delicious take on the classic repetitive tale plays out in sly illustrations laced with visual humor-- and winks at the reader with a wry irreverence that will have kids of all ages thrilled to be in on the joke.

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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! Oct. 13 2011
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dumbest lovable bear to come along in years 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it, but the humour is a little dark May 8 2013
By Agno
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 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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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing April 5 2014
It's not clear to me why this book received so many awards. My 4-year old niece was asking why the bear ate the rabbit instead of asking for the hat to be returned and then lied about it to the squirrel. I will be putting this away until someone tells me why this is a great story for children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best storybook ever! Feb. 27 2014
By chocobo
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I strongly recommend this book if you are looking for a book that both adults and children can enjoy while they read the book together. I enjoyed reading the book with my students and they loved it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is an Awesome Book Nov. 18 2013
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This book is kid and adult friendly, the illustrations are great, and it is positively hilarious. Only issue is that I felt the humor may go over some kids head. Highly highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great humour
Simple pictures that get to the point. A funny twist to the story that will make adults and children laugh. Plus give something for them to discuss.
Published 12 months ago by ravenbeast
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book!
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... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Maggie 333
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible message
I'm sorry, I think this is a terrible book. I loved the bear, I loved the illustrations, but the implied message of the book is that it's funny to steal something and then to lie... Read more
Published 17 months ago by V. F. Ellinor-Shiers
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and deceptively simple
This book is fun to read to children. The illustrations are well done. Our 3-year-old grandson loves for me to read it to him. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2012 by Mary Lou
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift for Adults AND Children
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... Read more
Published on Dec 18 2011 by naiduk
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it !
I purchased this book for my 2-year old grandson.
We LOVE the wonderful illustrations and the simple story.
I give it 5 stars.
Published on Dec 6 2011 by J. Taylor
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Impressed
I just read this book and I really didn't like it. I don't think I would ever read it to a child. It started out alright, with a bear politely asking other animals if they had seen... Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2011 by greengablesgirl
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