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I Want My Hat Back Paperback – September 3, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Someone steals the bears hat. They lie about it. The bear finds out and eats them.
The bear lies about eating them.
The end. Read more
This is far and above one of my favorite books. I read it to students ranging from age 5 through high school and there are teaching points at each level.Published 8 days ago by Susanna
Fun book with a great lesson. I love the different characters, and so does my 5 year old.Published 1 month ago by Tams
I'm 37, this is my fav book to read to my kids. Dude just wants his hat back....Published 2 months ago by Nick Serafini