I Want My Hat Back

Picture Books | September 27, 2011

byJon KlassenIllustratorJon Klassen

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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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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...

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 ...

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Format:Picture BooksDimensions:40 pages, 11.35 × 8.25 × 0.38 inPublished:September 27, 2011Publisher:Candlewick PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0763655988

ISBN - 13:9780763655983

Customer Reviews of I Want My Hat Back


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Our Favorite A great book, fun for the kids and equally more fun for the parents reading it. Love this story.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delightful! A funny, funny book. Once my kids were old enough to understand the dry humor they found it hilarious.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but was hoping for more Lovely illustrations but the story was not as catching as I would have liked. My kids like it but not one of their favorites.
Date published: 2015-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! My daughter and I love this book. Definitely takes a dry sense of humour to appreciate it though. Can't wait for more from this author.
Date published: 2014-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute! This book is so cute. The illustrations are so funny and it is an easy ready for a child who is just learning to either speak or to read. They will join in right away. Honestly, it is light hearted and silly. If you are a parent who is easily irritated by anything that is supposed to be taken lightly, don't buy this. Otherwise, happy reading and enjoy the cuteness overload that you and your child will experience. You'll enjoy many giggles and laughs.
Date published: 2013-10-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Awful I can not fathom how this book gets such acclaim! If I could rate lower, I would. The lesson of this book is that if someone takes something from you, you take it back, kill them and lie about it? Not for anyone, especially kids! Give this book a miss.
Date published: 2013-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I have a confession to make: I am 30-years-old and I love picture books. When I’m looking for a picture book, I want something unique, something that has great pictures (obviously), and something that’ll make me think at the end. Jon Klassen’s book, I Want My Hat Back, fits the bill. First off, I adored the illustrations in the book. The simplicity of them was wonderful and I really liked that Klassen didn’t feel the need to clutter up each page with a lot of background, which he very well could have done. The colourings were fantastic, especially part-way through the book, when our main character, the bear, makes his realization. Second, I really enjoyed the story. It was simple and pretty much told completely in words, with the pictures relaying very little information. I liked that Klassen didn’t try to rhyme everything, but stayed with simple sentences and adding ‘thank you very much’ to some of them — teaching young children to be polite. The only thing that got to me was that, in a way, this book teaches kids how to lie. I mean, by the end of the book, the reader will realize what’s going on and they might just think, “Oh, so if I want to keep a secret, less is more.” Of course, you can’t expect that of all children, but I’m sure some would catch on. The other thing is that it almost says, if someone takes something of yours, it’s okay to hurt them. Am I the only one who read this? Despite my little (or big, depending on how you look at it) fault, I really enjoyed this book. I’m glad that it was the New York Times’s Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 2011 because it really was great.
Date published: 2012-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The sweetest book We love the simple pictures. Our 18 month old son likes making the sounds for all of the animals that the bear encounters. The story is so funny. If you are tired of reading "The hungry caterpillar" over and over you should pick this book up.
Date published: 2012-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great art with a fun story Some might say this is a standard repetitious children's book. I find it to be much more enjoyable than that. I love Jon Klassen's art! His art is more muted than the average kid's book that has vibrant colours. The art appeals to adults (if you like the simple cover art you will enjoy the inside even more) as well as to kids. The story is simple and fun. I will be purchasing more for gifts in the future.
Date published: 2011-10-11

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Editorial Reviews

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 EditionA 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 TimesFour 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 MagazineDeliberately 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)