I Want My Hat Back by Jon KlassenI Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

I Want My Hat Back

byJon KlassenIllustratorJon Klassen

Picture Books | September 27, 2011

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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.
Jon Klassen created illustrations for the popular series The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place and served as an illustrator on the animated feature film Coraline. His illustrations for Caroline Stutson's Cats Night Out won the Governor General Award in 2010. I Want My Hat Back is the first book he has both written and illustrated. ...
Title:I Want My Hat BackFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:40 pages, 11.25 × 8.25 × 0.36 inPublished:September 27, 2011Publisher:Candlewick PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0763655988

ISBN - 13:9780763655983


Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I love this picture book. Not only is it an interesting read and children love it but the picture clues really develop the story behind the words.
Date published: 2018-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorites! This book is funny and cute with awesome artwork. It's one of my favorites to read and my girls love it too.
Date published: 2018-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Where is my hat? Loved this book! So cute! Loved seeing the bear's thought process to solve his mystery.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good story Really funny story that kids will enjoy. It has a dark sense of humour and the use of colours are interesting to kids. It is amazing what they pick up on.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun! Hmm....another animal stealing a hat from another animal?!! I think kids will love this and they will love how unobservant the animal was. A fun read aloud story.
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great kids book Lovely book with great illustrations. Keeps kids and adults entertained.
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely Book A really fun book for bedtime reading.
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So funny! All his books are about hats, and they're all hilarious!
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and beautiful art! I absolutely love Jon Klassen's work and this book is one of my favourites by him. It's fun and witty and the art style is simplistic yet beautiful!
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very funny! I love it! lovely illustration and Klassen has a dark sense of humour! Very enjoyable for kids and adult!
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Loved it This book is beautiful. I loved it so much
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and cute! Great book! Awesome illustrations and fun story. My students get a kick out of it!
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new classic Effective, simple visuals & storytelling from Jon Klassen. Really refreshing to see this sort of genuinely funny deadpan humour in kidlit. Enjoyable for all, regardless of age.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful book! Klassen's artwork is beautiful and I love that he respects kids enough to give them the chance to handle a slightly darker story.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Such a cute book for both kids and adults. Its cheeky and mischievous story definitely got a laugh out of me, and I loved the pictures as well. Great book. Loving Jon Klassen's kids books.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple and Fun We bought this book after reading a couple others by the same author that we loved! A fun easy read that early readers can take part in!
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dark A little too dark for a kids book - prefer We Found a Hat much better.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice This is such an enjoyable read. A simple message and beautiful illustrations.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites This book is priceless. The deadpan humor and precious illustrations make one hilarious read.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great kids book I love reading this book to my son - it also has lovely illustrations
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This I love Jon Klaassen so much. This book is amazing.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun story, cute artwork, good read #plumreview Such a fun story. I read this before I had kids because the art interested me. Once my family starting growing, I knew I had to add it to the library. Now my kids read it to each other.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Short, Simple, and Cute Great for young children, they really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I love this book, beautiful illustrations!
Date published: 2016-12-31
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

Editorial Reviews

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 TimesDeliberately 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)Read aloud, this story will offer many sublime insights into how young readers comprehend an illustrated text that leaves out vital information, and will leave young sleuths reeling with theories about what just happened.—School Library JournalKlassen's animation and design skills are evident on every page in this sly, subversive tale... Adults and older children will chuckle mordantly at rabbit's sudden disappearance, while young children might actually wonder, with Squirrel, where the rabbit has gone.—The Horn BookIndubitably hip, this will find plenty of admirers.—Kirkus ReviewsYou 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 EditionFour 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 MagazineA sly picture book...Young readers and listeners will love being in on the joke, making them appreciate the story's humor even more.—BookPageThe joy of this book lies in figuring out the explicit plot from the implicit details in the pictures, especially a few wordless ones.—Chicago TribuneA coterie of woodland animals is drawn in a minimalistic style and a palette of browns with a splash of red. The dialogue is simple and sly.—The Boston GlobeThis is a familiar picture-book formula with a twist, and the minimalist style Klassen employs with both text and art only emphasizes the humor of the situation....While these design choices and the simplicity and pattern of the text would make this a good choice for beginning readers, it would also make an amusing readaloud or a great little readers’ theater piece.—Bulletin of the Center for Children's BooksRead I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen. It’s the most subtle endorsement of murder you’ll ever find.—GQ.comThis is a must-have for any primary or even intermediate classroom. It’s about inference and being a good reader.—Huffington Post