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I Want My Hat Back Hardcover – September 27, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 90L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press; 1st edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763655988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763655983
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (347 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I Want My Hat Back is 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. --The New York Times

The joy of this book lies in figuring out the explicit plot from the implicit details in the pictures, especially a few wordless ones. --Chicago Tribune

Deliberately understated, with delectable results!Skillful characterizations; though they're simply drawn and have little to say, each animal emerges fully realized. --Publishers Weekly
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The joy of this book lies in figuring out the explicit plot from the implicit details in the pictures, especially a few wordless ones. --Chicago Tribune

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

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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This is a very cute simple book.
Kathleen L. Borgida
The world is full of violence, lies, theft, and spiteful revenge, and I am definitely sure that these kids picked that up from this book.
Noah Nate
This is one of my favorite children's books.
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134 of 143 people found the following review helpful By R. Gilmore on October 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a 2nd Grade teacher and you can only read Mo Willem's excellent 'Pigeon' books so many times before apathy sets in. When 'I Want My Hat Back' arrived, I took it immediately to school and implanted its delightful message into the brains of my young students.

After reading the tale -- 34 perplexed eyes, cocked in disbelief, greeted me.

"Did that bear...?"
Yes he did, kids...yes he did.

The pace, the art, the whole package is immediately accessible and enjoyable. Subsequent readings of the book have been met with cheers and choral readings of "WAIT! I HAVE SEEN MY HAT!!!"

Jon Klassen has rocketed to the top of my 'Must Buy' list. I can't wait to see what he has in store for us in the future. A classroom full of new fans waits patiently for his next book.
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130 of 145 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I knew it! I knew it, I knew it, I knew it, I knew it, I knew it! When Caroline Stutson's Cats' Night Out was released by Simon & Schuster in 2010 it contained art by an animator going by the moniker of Jon Klassen. And frankly I just thought it contained some of the slickest art I'd seen in a picture book in a long while. I hardly even noticed that he was the same guy behind the pictures found in The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood. Still and all, until now he hadn't illustrated his own book. I was fairly certain he might at some point, and I wasn't sure I'd be looking forward to it. I mean, I thought the man was grand, but could he tell a story? Well, turns out I was right about the fact that his art is magnificent and now, with the release of his first author/illustrator picture book I Want My Hat Back, Klassen shows once and for all that his storytelling talents match his illustration technique pound for pound.

A bear has lost his hat. To find it he questions a variety of woodland creatures including a fox, a frog, a turtle, a possum, a dear, a snake and a rabbit. The rabbit, for the record, refuses to acknowledge having seen the hat in spite of the fact that he appears to be wearing it. And when the bear realizes the true culprit there will be a price to pay. A deeply amusing price. Painted with Chinese ink and digital art, Klassen's book falls into that growing category of subversive picture books out there. What makes it stand out, however, is how beautifully put together it all is.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Young Mensan BookParade on June 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
That was a funny book. My favorite character was the bear. He started off with 'I want my hat back.' And then he looked for it by asking a fox, a frog, a rabbit (who was telling a lie), a turtle, a snake hanging upside down, a mole in a hole, and last a deer. Nobody knew where it was. Then he thought about the rabbit. What the bear did to the bunny to take back his hat was a surprise and a secret. At the end, when a squirrel came, the bear did something a lot like what the rabbit did....

I liked the book because there was a surprise and it was funny.

The whole book was fun to read, and I could read the words by myself. And the funniest part was where the bear started a lie again. The book is special.

All boys of all ages will like this book. I don't know about the girls. I don't know how they feel.

I love it so much!

Review by Young Mensan Drake, age 5
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105 of 127 people found the following review helpful By Luv2Read2Kids on January 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My sons, ages 5 and 7, received this as a Christmas gift. I had never heard of the book before this, so I had no preconceived notions of how good/bad it was and I'm grateful I didn't.

First of all, there is something to be said for the simplicity of the story, the illustrations and the tongue-in-cheek humor that is an undertone throughout this book. My sons both loved the illustrations and the story in general. I did have to reread the end of the book to see if I understood what happened correctly (I did) and explain the ending to my sons. My oldest replied "Well I guess that's what happens when you're a rabbit and a bear." And that, my friends, is the answer to any questions you may have about this book in a nutshell. Bears and rabbits don't always get along in the natural world, especially if you trick a bear. It also opened up a discussion on how wildlife really works, and that alone is a good thing.

Now some reviewers have called the bear a murderer, which is more than a little harsh in my opinion. I mean, don't bears hunt for food? Okay, the rabbit tricks the bear, but does that mean he has to end up with the fate given to him. In children's literature, no. In real life, yes. Take your pick as to how you want the story to go. My sons understood the bear had been tricked or lied to and that he ended up with an unfortunate fate. They weren't traumatized by this, it was just something that happened, something that really does happen.

My bigger concern for the book is regarding the lying. Rabbit lies and gets punished in the end. While harsh, if the story ended there, it would carry, to some degree, a good message about lying and that is has consequences.
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