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I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Published by Candlewick Press
Release Date: Sept. 27, 2011
Pages: 40
Ages: 4-8
Publishers Summary:

The bearโ€™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 bearโ€™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.
A picture-book delight by a rising talent tells a cumulative tale with a mischievous twist.

Littlebug and Turkeybird Conspire: We love this book, Littlebug especially…no, maybe Turkeybird more.
Littlebug: “You’re the one stealing my hat!”
Turkeybird: “I don’t know what you’re talking about. Hmpf!”
Littlebug: “Hmmm…lets see about that…”

Littlebug: “See, you did take my hat!”
Turkeybird: “It’s still such a funny book! The bear is so silly and the rabbit is super silly. Maybe the bear should have asked nicely for his hat back at the end though?”
Littlebug: “No, he got his hat back and that’s what was supposed to happen!”
Both: “Really, you have to read this book! It’s super silly and we love the bear!”

Mom’s Two Cents: All this poor bear wants is his most prized possession back, his hat. For some reason the animals in the forest have no idea where it’s gone to, though they have other alternatives he’s not at all interested in. When the bear discovers just who’s deceived him they may want to watch out because the bear will get his hat back.

Now, some of you may be wondering how exactly the storyboard above with Littlebug & Turkeybird and the description for I Want My Hat Back would possibly appeal to young readers. First of all, it absolutely appeals to kiddos. When I initially showed it to Littlebug & Turkeybird they couldn’t get enough of this poor bear who was constantly on the lookout for his hat. Most kiddos have a treasure of some sort they can relate this to, be it a hat or a stuffed animal or toy, there’s almost always something they can’t do without. So on that level they can completely relate, especially when it comes to the obsession of retrieving the object.

Where the story gets hilarious and has both adults & kiddos cracking up is when the bear discovers the thief. Obviously this is entirely humorous and in no way did I feel like the book was promoting violence, it was just as my kiddos put it “silly.” Which is why we all decided it might be fun to reenact our version of I Want My Hat Back with Littlebug playing the part of the bear and Turkeybird as the rabbit thief. We had a blast and now the kiddos can’t wait to read the book whenever we get a spare moment, which I consider a huge success.

Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back is destined to be a Classic among the finest in Children’s Literature. His illustrations are entirely unique and unbelievably gorgeous. In a world of books with neon colors and brightly animated characters, Klassen’s work shows there is still more to be discovered within the world of children’s picture books. I Want My Hat Back is a darkly humorous book that our family reads almost daily since it’s arrival in our home and it’s a book I’d highly encourage picking up once it’s released in September!

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 3 and up. Discover a new Classic in Children’s Literature with a darkly humorous bear that both children and parents will thoroughly love.

For those of you who want even more of a taste of this marvelous new book take a look at the perfect book trailer:

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19 Responses to Book Review: I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

  1. OMG your wee ones are so cute. Great review.

  2. Raquel says:

    I love this! Your kids are superstars. ๐Ÿ™‚

    You make a great point about the book. Kids, especially ones with siblings, will definitely identify with the bear if they’ve ever had a toy confiscated! I never even thought of that.

    • Ahhh…thanks so much! They had a blast doing it together. ๐Ÿ™‚

      It really does happen a lot. Both my kiddos have one or two things they can’t do without, so it was something we could easily relate to and talk about.

  3. carol says:

    The bear looks so sad, but it sounds like an adorable book. I love the photos, too.

  4. robynski says:

    Really cute! Love this. Sharing on twitter.

  5. Beth Hoffman says:

    Your little ones are sooooo cute! And this book sounds darling. I love the illustrations.

  6. Julia says:

    Thanks for this review, my kids will love this book!

  7. Wow, my lil one will love this! Thanks This looks like so much fun

  8. Kristen M. says:

    Such a cute idea for this book. I don’t see any problems with kids and this book, especially because when Z and I read it I said “hey, what happened to the rabbit?” and he said “he had to give the hat back”. It’s nice subtle violence. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Lovely lovely photos of your kids!!! Sounds like a charming book indeed. =)

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  12. Jenny says:

    Good reading, gives even more for thinking about some good books… Thanks!

  13. Zoe says:

    Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment on my review of this book Danielle. Of course you’re right about it being wonderful we all fall for different books and how they talk to us in different ways. I have wondered if my response to the book would have been different had I not read any of the review/heard any of the chatter about it, so my expectations would not have been sky high (which they were). I felt very nervous about publishing a review that I knew lots of people would not agree with, but ultimately I felt/feel that my blog is about dialogue and conversation and (although it sounds rather grand) honest relationships so I was brave. I’m glad I did as it has created lots of conversation and more thinking. So I can only encourage you to be brave too with the Wiesner and Thomson!

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