I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

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A 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.
 

About Jon Klassen

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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.
 
Published September 27, 2011 by Candlewick Press. 40 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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A somber, sepia-toned bear longs for his missing hat and questions a series of forest animals about its whereabouts.

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Klassen's coy effort combines spare illustration, simple, repetitive text and a "payback's a bear" plot.

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In his first outing as an author, Klassen's (Cats' Night Out) words and artwork are deliberately understated, with delectable results. Digitally manipulated ink paintings show a slow-witted bear askin

Jul 04 2011 | Read Full Review of I Want My Hat Back

Common Sense Media

... I Want My Hat Back. By Jon Klassen; Genre: Picture Book. Review ... My Hat Back is a Caldecott Honor book by author-illustrator Jon Klassen, ...

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We Love This Book

Children’s picture books are going through something of a golden age, but Jon Klassen’s debut book stands out for me for its wit and visual charm.

Jun 10 2011 | Read Full Review of I Want My Hat Back

We Love This Book

Colour is used to great effect in this book, with a key moment blazoned in red, but it’s the curious ending that will make you want to read it again and again.

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Before It's News

... Book Review: I Want My Hat Back & This is Not My Hat ... Jon Klassen's This is Not My Hat won the Caldecott for 2012– I was shocked when I ...

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(Kids can figure it out before the bear does.) Will that animal get away with his crime, or will the determined bear get his hat back -- and make the thief pay?.

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Shelf Awareness

As BEA came to an end last Thursday, the Voracious Reader, Larchmont, N.Y., hosted some of the members of the Class of 2K11, a group of debut YA and middle grade authors who'd spent three busy days doing signings, visiting libraries and participating in discussion panels.

Jun 01 2011 | Read Full Review of I Want My Hat Back

Project MUSE

Klassen, Jon. I Want My Hat Back; written and illus. by Jon Klassen. ... This is a familiar picture-book formula (think Eric Carle's Have You Seen My Cat?) with a ...

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Shelf Awareness

The bear meets other creatures, including a deer that asks the bear to describe his hat.

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Kids Book Review

... Review: I Want My Hat Back ... it itches the funny bone (as opposed to 'tickling'), Klassen has created an instant classic with this adorable book.

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1,200,000 readers this month/2,100,000 pages read ~ Google Analytics (real #s, not hype).

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Book cover image for I Want My Hat Back. Publication date: ... This first book, both written and illustrated by Klassen, is a visual delight. Using a technique called ...

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... Our review of I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen which also includes a version of the book recreated by Littlebug & Turkeybird.

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Malinda Charter 22 Jul 2014

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