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I Want My Hat Back (2011)

by Jon Klassen

Series: My Hat (1)

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A bear almost gives up his search for his missing hat until he remembers something important.

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:) As long as the kids can handle its slightly dark humor, it is a really great book for early readers - lots of repeated text, and a lot of the story is told through the pictures.
  sloth852 | Jan 12, 2024 |
Adult reviewers are loving the very dry humor in this. I chuckled, but it's awfully bleak for a picture book. The plot: Bear loses his hat and goes looking for it. When Bear dramatically realizes rabbit stole his hat he...(spoiler alert) eats rabbit in revenge. The bear's like Lennie in [b:Of Mice and Men|890|Of Mice and Men|John Steinbeck|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/510ZSsOCY9L._SL75_.jpg|40283], nice and kinda dumb, but under that harmless facade he's a killer. His expressionless face when he utters his last line, "I love my hat," reminded me of nothing so much as a remorseless psychopath. Creepy. ( )
  LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
This is a humorous cumulative tale, told entirely through dialogue, of a bear asking several animals if they have seen his hat. In this simple tale, the bear becomes discouraged when he can’t find his hat. When questioned by the deer, he suddenly figures out what the reader may have already realized, that he had seen his hat. He runs past the other characters, back to the rabbit who is wearing his hat. While enjoying the return of his hat a squirrel approaches and asks the bear if he has seen a rabbit with a hat. The bear uses the same denial language that the rabbit had used when being asked about the hat. The reader is left to infer about Rabbit’s fate. The simple, but effective, illustrations lend humor and intensity to support the text. I think this book would be a fun interactive story to read with students and lend itself to discuss inference. ( )
1 vote DeborahMc | Jul 27, 2023 |
Now this story isn't my favorite. But the illustrations are so beautiful. Plus, I know that if my brother were to read this at a young age it would have been his absolute favorite book. He would of loved the facial expressions and honestly the whole eating situation, it would have cracked him up. ( )
  sonorag | Jul 25, 2023 |
This is a delightful little book about a bear looking for his hat and asking all of the other woodland creatures if they've seen it. I love that the author shows how the characters are lying through a certain type of dialogue. It's something that even the kids will notice and it's very fun. ( )
  AvidLearner | Jul 19, 2023 |
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My hat is gone. I want it back.
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