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Staff Pick

Jon Klassen's charming picture book transcends age. The story is simple but utterly hilarious. The illustrations are pointed and evocative; the way Klassen draws the animals' eyes, alone, is worth the price of admission. I've recommended this book more than any other this year. Hands down: brilliant.
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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.

Review:

"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 asking half a dozen forest animals if they've seen his hat. Unadorned lines of type, printed without quotation marks or attributions, parallel the sparse lines Klassen uses for the forest's greenery. Most of the answers the bear gets are no help ('What's a hat?' one animal asks), but the rabbit's answer arouses suspicion: 'I haven't seen any hats anywhere. I would not steal a hat. Don't ask me any more questions.' In a classic double-take, the bear doesn't notice the hat on the rabbit's head until several pages on: 'I have seen my hat,' he realizes, wide-eyed. Readers with delicate sensibilities may object to the implied conclusion ('I would not eat a rabbit,' the bear says stoutly, his hat back on his head, the forest floor showing signs of a scuffle), but there is no objecting to Klassen's skillful characterizations; though they're simply drawn and have little to say, each animal emerges fully realized. A noteworthy debut. Ages 4 – 8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"I Want My Hat Back is a marvelous book in the true dictionary sense of marvel: It is a wonderful and astonishing thing, the kind of book that makes child laugh and adult chuckle, and both smile in appreciation." The New York Times

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"The joy of this book lies in figuring out the explicit plot from the implicit details in the pictures, especially a few wordless ones." Chicago Tribune

About 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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Young at Heart, January 16, 2013 (view all comments by Young at Heart)
Excellent repetition of phrases as the bear looks for his hat. Tests visual awareness of youngsters and teaches a lesson about lying and also ambiguity. Fun.
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Max, August 14, 2012 (view all comments by Max)
Like children's TV, one of my gold standards for a really brilliant kid's book is that it has to work for adults and kids at the same time. And not just because I'm going to read it 20 times a day for the next six years, but because it means that he'll enjoy it for longer as he grows and develops. I love this kid's book and so does my 18 month old! It is funny, dry, and a little bit dark. It works particularly well with silly voices. And the art is fun. Highly recommended! (although I would say in general that it probably would be even better for a slightly older kid.)
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Jenn M, August 9, 2012 (view all comments by Jenn M)
Very few picture books wed words and visuals as brilliantly and hilariously as I Want My Hat Back. As the main character goes through several emotions as he attempts to track down his treasured property, the dialogue is cleverly color-coded to match the various characters, and the deceptively simple illustrations convey emotion and expression vividly and descriptively to delight readers of all ages. The resolution of the story implies a potentially drastic action, but the overall impact of this fun and clever book is delightful.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780763655983
Author:
Klassen, Jon
Publisher:
Candlewick Press (MA)
Subject:
Animals - General
Subject:
Children s Animals-Animal Stories-Bears
Subject:
Children s humor
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Situations / Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Animals - Horses
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback - picture book
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
9.75 x 9.75 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 4 up to 8

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Product details 32 pages Candlewick Press (MA) - English 9780763655983 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Jon Klassen's charming picture book transcends age. The story is simple but utterly hilarious. The illustrations are pointed and evocative; the way Klassen draws the animals' eyes, alone, is worth the price of admission. I've recommended this book more than any other this year. Hands down: brilliant.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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 asking half a dozen forest animals if they've seen his hat. Unadorned lines of type, printed without quotation marks or attributions, parallel the sparse lines Klassen uses for the forest's greenery. Most of the answers the bear gets are no help ('What's a hat?' one animal asks), but the rabbit's answer arouses suspicion: 'I haven't seen any hats anywhere. I would not steal a hat. Don't ask me any more questions.' In a classic double-take, the bear doesn't notice the hat on the rabbit's head until several pages on: 'I have seen my hat,' he realizes, wide-eyed. Readers with delicate sensibilities may object to the implied conclusion ('I would not eat a rabbit,' the bear says stoutly, his hat back on his head, the forest floor showing signs of a scuffle), but there is no objecting to Klassen's skillful characterizations; though they're simply drawn and have little to say, each animal emerges fully realized. A noteworthy debut. Ages 4 – 8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "I Want My Hat Back is a marvelous book in the true dictionary sense of marvel: It is a wonderful and astonishing thing, the kind of book that makes child laugh and adult chuckle, and both smile in appreciation."
"Review" by , "The joy of this book lies in figuring out the explicit plot from the implicit details in the pictures, especially a few wordless ones."
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