I Want My Hat Back

I Want My Hat Back

by Jon Klassen

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763655983
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 24,080
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 90L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

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. Originally from Niagara Falls, Canada, he lives in Los Angeles.

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I Want My Hat Back 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
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!
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.
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
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
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 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is funny for adults. I'm surprised it is being recommended for this age group.
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!
Ctorm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
5Q 5PA sassy and devious tale that is enhanced with equally quirky and droll illustrations. The simple yet lovely Chinese ink print illustrations perfectly capture the dead pan nature of Bear and his forest friends as he seeks his pointy red hat. The subtle and dark insinuations at the story's conclusion will evoke knowing giggles from older readers and warrant re-readings for the younger crowd. An excellent example of an easy reader, the text is big and parallels the illustrations. Dialogue is color coded in accordance to the color of the animal speaking, helping prompt young readers to recognize conversations within the story.
aconant05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bear has lost his hat and cannot find it. He patiently and politely asks several animals if they have seen it. All of them say no. After talking to the deer, Bear realized that he has seen his hat on one of the animals he had questioned previously! This makes Bear mad and he gets his hat back!This book was simple in both the words and illustrations. There was a sort of pattern to the story as the bear asked for his hat. I loved how the author/illustrator made the whole page red when the bear realizes that he has seen his hat. Overall I would say the story and illustrations were satisfying to the reader.
ander23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderful illustration and a good mix of small and large words for the new reader. Good book. Rated 4 stars.
shazam79 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
cute and dry humor, but it's implied at the end that the bear ate the rabbit. i don't think that's cool for a kid's book.
ginarentz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book, ¿Have You Seen My Hat¿, is hilarious. The illustrations are quick, simple and to the point and encourages the reader to realize what happens to the rabbit. Funny and keeps the story going by getting the chance to ask questions.
cassielanzas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of a bear who lost his hat. The bear asks each woodland creature if he has seen his hat. He passes the rabbit, which is wearing a red hat. The next animal asks the bear what his hat looks like. As the bear describes it, he realizes the rabbit was wearing his hat. Now, the rabbit is missing, but bear insists he has not seen the rabbit. It is implied that the bear ate the rabbit.The text and the illustrations work very well together. The reader sees the rabbit wearing the hat and immediately assumes it is the bear's hat- without any mention of it in the text. The illustrations are simple and not emotive, yet they are engaging and draw the reader in.I think this book would be an excellent read around for a wide variety of ages. I was recently at a birthday party for a two year old, who instantly loved the book. Meanwhile, his ten year old cousin enthusiastically endorsed it as her teacher had used it for a read around. I think the humorous dialogue and implication of guilt make this book appealing to a wide age range.
Sassy_Seshat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't find the story super entertaining, but the illustrations are well done.
edenjean on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A bear (or is it an otter?) cannot find his hat and must ask other forest animals in order to find it. The bear quickly becomes discouraged and defeated, until a moose asks it a simple question that turns the bear's mood around and leads it to its hat, which had been stolen by one of the formerly questioned forest creatures. This picture book was written in a style perfect for two people to read aloud to kindergarten and first grade children. Children attempting to read the book on their own may find it too boring and definitely not captivating in the least, especially because of the dull colors used in the repetitive illustrations. The animals are also quite unappealing to kids because of their brown tones and lack of energy. The story would also be very interesting for older students, perhaps in grades 3-5, to perform as a reader's theater for younger children. The dialogue is easily divided up into separate parts, the sentences are short and easy to read, and the story is easy to follow. Although it is a clever story, its unengaging characters and unappealing illustrations make it quite boring for reading alone.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A bear has lost his hat. He questions animal passersby about his hat. He suddenly remember that the rabbit is wearing his hat. The end of the story leaves readers with some questions about how the hat was returned.¿Have you seen my hat?No. I haven¿t seen your hat.OK. Thank you anyway.Have you seen my hat?No. I have not seen any hats around here.OK. Thank you anyway.¿Much in little. Simple text. Simple illustrations. Seems to reflect the true nature of bears somehow.Bear can¿t find his hat. He questions passing animals, including a rabbit with a red triangular hat on his head. No one knows where the hat has gone. Finally, Bear realizes Rabbit has his hat. Bear gets his hat back from Rabbit, but we do not know exactly how Bear got it back.¿Excuse me, have you seen a rabbit wearing a hat?¿No. Why are you asking me. I haven¿t seen him. I haven¿t seen any rabbits anywhere. I would not eat a rabbit. Don¿t ask me any more questions.OK. Thank you anyway.¿
BeguileThySorrow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
funny and simple, kids already showing a playfully sardonic sense of humor will love it;sensitive kids on the other hand may cry at the ending lol see if u can tell which kind I was/am, since the fact that some kids might cry makes me lol!love this guy's artwork too; his illustrations make me happy.
darlingdumpling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
VOYA Q-5, P-3.5Great art, like deadpan bear expression to compliment his distress, contains mystery element, but not very interactive.
dduning on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bear has lost his hat and wants it back! He meets other animals while searching for his hat and the story has a nice little twist at the end to challenge young readers' abilities to infer what happened when his hat is finally found. It is a terrific book to reader with new or struggling readers in that the dialogue between bear and the other animals is colored to indicate who is doing the talking. It helps the reader work on reading with expression and understanding that the words are coming from different characters.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bear has lost his hat, and asks various forest denizens if they have seen it. Everyone denies any knowledge - but when Bear remembers seeing his hat recently, one animal is revealed as the culprit, and there is a steep price to be paid. Kids and adults alike will laugh out loud at this simple story with a hilarious ending.
Juana7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It's my new favorite! In this repetitive book, Bear has lost his hat, so off he goes on a search meeting up with different characters, none who have seen his hat. The illustrations are understated, characters have shifty eyes and the dialog is simple, all of which add to its charm. The book has a surprising ending.I have read this book aloud to many different age levels and all have loved it.
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.