I Want My Hat Back Hardcover – Sep 27 2011
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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.
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.See all Product Description
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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.
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!
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.
I am currently writing my debut children's picture book and to all who think: "Easy peasy -- I can knock off a kid's story in no time!"
....you are greatly mistaken. It's been humbling to say the least. I enjoy his use of colour and shape, the lines and simplicity but
still complicated as a whole. When art looks easy it usually means it was a chore to get done IMHO. I like how certain pictures of the
bear (and a few of his forest pals) resonate with much dead pan humour and wit. The "What is a hat?" dimwit had me in stitches.
Still not sure what animal it was supposed to be??
The illustrations are just as important as the text. Brilliant!
Most recent customer reviews
Great writing and artistic style - fun for parents and kids.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
My two year old loves this book!! Very witty. We like this one is better than the second one.Published 8 months ago by Kate
Bizarre, lol I appreciated the humor but a lot of people I showed it to were not too impressed haha. Not a moral book for sure, but I had a good chuckle, it was cute.Published 17 months ago by T