I Want My Hat Back

I Want My Hat Back

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by J. Klassen
     
 

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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

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781406336832
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
10/28/2011
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet 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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I Want My Hat Back 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Coppertop429 More than 1 year ago
Great illustrations--that expression!--with a simple, easy-to-follow storyline that will keeps kids AND parents/teachers/librarians laughing. Highly recommended.
cant_read_enough More than 1 year ago
I'm a teacher & mom of 3, & when I read this book, I laughed out loud & immediately shared it w/a co-worker. My 6 & 8 yr olds LOVED it! Lots of laughter, followed by an immediate, "Let's read it again!" The text is simple enough that they wanted to read it themselves this time, and I LOVE that the bear's words are in 1 color & the other animal's words in another, so my children needed no cues to each read their part. To the negative reviewers, I have to wonder about your presentation of the book. Did you stop to look at the pictures during the story? Did you use expression? Have you ever read a Mo Willems Elephant & Piggie book, and if so, did you find those funny? As for the review about rudeness and violence...???!!! The bear responds to every animal with "Ok, thank you anyway", (it says Thank you, anyway SIX times in this book!),and he offers to help the turtle, who politely responds, "Yes, please." There is nothing violent about the book either! Only an implied (and normal by the laws of nature, actually!) and very funny ending. I will be sharing this book with my 1st grade class, my own children's classes, and buying some as gifts. Kind of a no-brainer that when kids find a book funny, beg to re-read it and act it out, and want to share it with friends, that this book is a treasure!
RockDog58 More than 1 year ago
If you have a sense of humor, you and your kids will love this book. One of my all time favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We received two copies as gifts. My children (ages 4 to 8) found it just "OK, not funny and a bit frustrating." As an adult reading the book to a younger child, the illustrations were appealing but the text does not make it a favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is funny for adults. I'm surprised it is being recommended for this age group.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me laugh out loud, so I had to buy it for my nephew. Such a fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an instant family favorite - my son (2 1/2) loves to pretend to be a "naughty rabbit" and steals my husband's hat to start a game of chase. A thoroughly charming and wonderful book!
mraf More than 1 year ago
Wonderful illustration, and a good mix of small and large words for the new reader. My four year old was able to read a good 70% of it, and it opened the door for him to learn some new words, as well.
waterbird More than 1 year ago
Brilliant.
bzybee31 More than 1 year ago
My daughter loved this book!! She donated it to her school library!
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
 I Want My Hat Back has justly won multiple awards. Written and illustrated for young children, adults reading this book filled with droll art will enjoy the subtle humor.  The repeated phrase Have you seen my hat? asked by bear of a variety of woodland critters is expressionless. The replies of the critters are simple and varied. No conversational punctuation is used in the book but varied colored text for the replies is done. Manners are gentle and good behavior by all is evident. Bear finally has an "ah-ha" moment when he realizes he has seen his hat. He realizes he has been lied to by one of the critters. The realization moment is captured using vivid red on the page as opposed to the basic sand colored pages and browns of the other pages. Bear races back to the one he realizes has his hat. No harsh scenes are given but a subtle indication that the offending critter has justly met his "bear-end" is crafted in the art. DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary book by Candlewick Press in exchange for my review. Opinions expressed are my own. I received no compensation for this review.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I have to laugh when I think about this book. There are many things I like about it but there is one disturbing thing that hung in the air and to me, it’s could be pretty major for little kids. What I liked: 1. Look at bear – doesn’t he make you smile? I am not sure if he really looks like a bear or not but just his stance, the spots on his fur, and the proportion of his body. I am attractive to this beast. 2. The text – the text is big and bold and when each individual animal talks the text changes color on that page. Who doesn’t like that? 3. The language – I reminds me of Dr. Seuss. “Have you seen my hat?” “No, I haven’t seen your hat.” “OK. Thank you anyway.’ –short and sweet and lots of manners. 4. Text vs. picture- one side is text and one side is the accompany picture – easy to follow and read 5. Animals – I like the simple illustrations. Bear kindly asks each animal if they have seen his red pointy hat (snake, fox, bunny, frog, turtle, and mole) and they each carry on a small conversation with him. Exhausted, he rests and talks to deer. He finally realizes he has seen his hat and he rushes back to confront one of the animals. Bear loves his hat. There are lessons about life in here and one of them could be disturbing to some children. Watch out for what bear does when he finds his red hat. Older readers will think nothing of it but younger readers might not be ready for it. Perhaps you might want to skip that page or add on an additional ending, there’s too much to like about his book to miss it.
librarylady1 More than 1 year ago
Returned this. Lying, rudeness, violence. Too much baggage for a children's book. Big disappointment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Klassen's illustrations and characters.
Brunette_Librarian More than 1 year ago
      Always a favorite of mine, I adore I Want My Hat Back. A simple story about a bear just looking for his hat and the rabbit who may, or may not have taken it. With easy, simple language and uncomplicated drawings, Klassen weaves an adorable tale for children and adults alike.        Perfect for storytimes or one on one readings with children, I adore this story. This bear walks around the forest, asking about his red pointy hat. After asking a snake, a turtle, and other animals, he asks this rabbit where his hat might be. Coincidentally, the rabbit is wearing a red hat but has no idea where red hats come from. Children enjoy figuring out the mystery before the bear but ultimately, its just a sweet charming story that will make you smile. 
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
This is a fun, quirky little book. Most reviewers/purchasers loved this book because of the twisted ending. Some hated it because they felt the ending suspended reality too much (as if talking animals didn't do that already). Anyway, the talking bear is wonderfully polite, if not terribly understanding. The illustrations, not surprisingly, are fun and quirky. So the only real surprise is the ending, and I'm not telling you what it is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so fantastic, and we love reading it with our son. Sure, it's a little twisted, but we find it highly entertaining and my son gets so excited about finding the bear's hat. We love giving each animal its own special voice/accent, which makes the story even more fun. A must-read!
EngineeringMom More than 1 year ago
I only wish that authors wrote such hilarious short stories for adults. My husband and I both laughed uproariously at this book and look forward to giving it to our toddler son for his birthday.
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This is the most glorious book I have ever read. If you don't think that it's amazingly hilarious and perfect then you do not have a soul.
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bluebirdfarmlady More than 1 year ago
Simple story with simple illustrations. Polite conversations between the bear and numerous animals as he searches for his missing hat. The ending has an unusual twist to it. My reaction was.....what? I'm eager to read it to a child to see what his reaction or comments are.
KATHRYNPICKLES More than 1 year ago
MOMS OF AMERICA READ TO YOUR CHILDREN BEFORE THEY GO TO BED EVERY NIGHT IT WILL GIVE THE CHILDREN INSIGHT TO WHAT GOING ON IN THE WORLD I RECOMMEND MOLLY ADVENTURES VERY HEART WARMINING AND BASE ON A TRUE STORY