I Want My Hat Back

Jon Klassen

I Want My Hat Back
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I Want My Hat Back

Jon Klassen

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.


Every so often a picture book comes along that you just have to show everyone. No matter what they are doing. Even if they are in the middle of a very important task, they must drop everything to look at this book.

I Want My Hat Back is such a book. When it first arrived in store, there was much downing of tools to gather around and read this book.

This is a tale of losing things, and then finding them again. In particular, Bear has lost his hat, but despite asking everyone if they’ve seen it, nobody seems to know anything about it. Except Rabbit. Rabbit seems to be acting a bit strange. And there is that fancy new hat on his head…

You will laugh yourself stupid over this book, with its simple story and beautiful illustrations, it really is unlike anything else out there. And while I suspect this may be one of those titles which is more for grown-up kids than actual kids, I can also see a lot of younger readers enjoying this tale of a bear, a rabbit, and a missing hat.

Holly Harper is a children’s bookseller at Readings Carlton where she organises the kids and Young Adult e-newsletters. She also writes books for younger readers under the name H.J. Harper. Find out more about her Star League series and other books here and follow her on twitter - @hj_harper.

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