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I Want My Hat Back Paperback – September 3, 2012

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Repetition for the under 5's and giggles for the over 25's (Best book for laughs) The Lady This must be one of the simplest yet original entertaining picture books around at the moment. -- Shirley Hughes The Telegraph This is an author-illustrator who takes you from page to page with a dry humour which matches his story perfectly. -- Shirley Hughes The Telegraph Elegant books Wall Street Journal This simple story of a bear looking for his hat is my go to for an instant pick-up and giggle. Illustrated simply but with obvious care and forethought, the images convey an extra, subtle layer of humour which for now is lost on my young children. However they still appreciate the story and question why I am laughing like a loon at a bear looking for and finding a hat. The Cheltonian

About the Author

Jon Klassen is the author-illustrator of I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat, the only book to ever win both the Kate Greenaway and Caldecott Medal. He also illustrated Mac Barnett's Extra Yarn and served as an illustrator on the animated feature film Coraline. His illustrations for Caroline Stutson's Cats Night Out won the Governor General's Award in 2010. Originally from Niagara Falls, Canada, Jon now lives in Los Angeles, California. Visit Jon's website at www.burstofbeaden.com and follow him on twitter @burstofbeaden.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (September 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406338532
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406338539
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (495 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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