I Want My Hat Back

by Jon Klassen

Other authorsJon Klassen (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2011

Call number



Candlewick (2011), Edition: 1st, 40 pages


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

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LibraryThing member francescadefreitas
Bear has lost his hat, and asks various forest denizens if they have seen it. Everyone denies any knowledge - but when Bear remembers seeing his hat recently, one animal is revealed as the culprit, and there is a steep price to be paid. Kids and adults alike will laugh out loud at this simple story
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with a hilarious ending.
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LibraryThing member aelmer
This book is light-hearted, hilarious and delightful; a real joy to read. This picture book tells the story of a bear who "lost" his beloved red hat, and his journey to find it once again. He asks various animals, who have no recollection of his hat, until he suddenly remembers just who has it.
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Don't worry -- in case you were wondering, he does get his hat back!

This book would be such a great, easy read for the classroom, and could entertain people of all ages, even adults! Would be a good book to use in lessons about animals, or even just to teach the anatomy of a book. But, regardless of the use, would make a great book to add to the classroom library!
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LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
A simple but entertaining tale, with a surprise ending that caught me off guard, and had me laughing out loud on my morning train-ride - I often wonder what my fellow commuters make of me, but that's another story - Jon Klassen's I Want My Hat Back, which follows a bear as he searches for his
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missing headgear, has apparently stirred a little controversy with the more sensitive picture-book crowd. I'm amused to see that more than one online reviewer has panned this, given its "harmful message," and "promotion" of lying and killing. Apparently, the inherently transgressive nature of humor - the fact that it so often references the disquieting - escapes these people.

In any case, I found this an immensely engaging book, enjoying both the narrative, with its sly humor, and the gorgeously stylized artwork, which made this one of The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2011. Of course, the best thing about I Want My Hat Back is the interaction between text and image, with the hilarity being (at least partially) produced by the contradictions between the two. Recommended to picture-book readers, young and old, with a sharp (perhaps bent?) sense of humor, and to anyone who appreciates beautiful book illustration.
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LibraryThing member Juana7
I love this book. It's my new favorite! In this repetitive book, Bear has lost his hat, so off he goes on a search meeting up with different characters, none who have seen his hat. The illustrations are understated, characters have shifty eyes and the dialog is simple, all of which add to its
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charm. The book has a surprising ending.
I have read this book aloud to many different age levels and all have loved it.
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LibraryThing member KimJD
This simple and humorous story is full of visual clues for emergent readers. The expressions of the various animals portrayed in the Chinese ink illustrations are priceless. As the bear carries on his dialog with one animal after another, children can look at the color of the text to figure out who
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is speaking. Readers won't see the ending coming (or at least I didn't), which makes it all the more fun.
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LibraryThing member haldemac
A bear loses his red hat and asks the other animals if they have seen it. Text is in question and answer format. The words are color coded to match the animal that is speaking. Great surprise ending!
LibraryThing member edenjean
A bear (or is it an otter?) cannot find his hat and must ask other forest animals in order to find it. The bear quickly becomes discouraged and defeated, until a moose asks it a simple question that turns the bear's mood around and leads it to its hat, which had been stolen by one of the formerly
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questioned forest creatures.

This picture book was written in a style perfect for two people to read aloud to kindergarten and first grade children. Children attempting to read the book on their own may find it too boring and definitely not captivating in the least, especially because of the dull colors used in the repetitive illustrations. The animals are also quite unappealing to kids because of their brown tones and lack of energy.

The story would also be very interesting for older students, perhaps in grades 3-5, to perform as a reader's theater for younger children. The dialogue is easily divided up into separate parts, the sentences are short and easy to read, and the story is easy to follow.

Although it is a clever story, its unengaging characters and unappealing illustrations make it quite boring for reading alone.
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LibraryThing member anacryan
Funny story about a bear looking for his lost hat. Great illustrations. A little dark and sarcastic so maybe best for 2nd graders and up.
LibraryThing member BeguileThySorrow
funny and simple, kids already showing a playfully sardonic sense of humor will love it;sensitive kids on the other hand may cry at the ending lol
see if u can tell which kind I was/am, since the fact that some kids might cry makes me lol!love this guy's artwork too; his illustrations make me happy.
LibraryThing member debnance
A bear has lost his hat. He questions animal passersby about his hat. He suddenly remember that the rabbit is wearing his hat. The end of the story leaves readers with some questions about how the hat was returned.

“Have you seen my hat?

No. I haven’t seen your hat.

OK. Thank you anyway.

Have you
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seen my hat?

No. I have not seen any hats around here.

OK. Thank you anyway.”

Much in little. Simple text. Simple illustrations. Seems to reflect the true nature of bears somehow.

Bear can’t find his hat. He questions passing animals, including a rabbit with a red triangular hat on his head. No one knows where the hat has gone. Finally, Bear realizes Rabbit has his hat. Bear gets his hat back from Rabbit, but we do not know exactly how Bear got it back.

“Excuse me, have you seen a rabbit wearing a hat?

“No. Why are you asking me. I haven’t seen him. I haven’t seen any rabbits anywhere. I would not eat a rabbit. Don’t ask me any more questions.

OK. Thank you anyway.”
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LibraryThing member darlingdumpling
VOYA Q-5, P-3.5
Great art, like deadpan bear expression to compliment his distress, contains mystery element, but not very interactive.
LibraryThing member Ctorm
5Q 5P
A sassy and devious tale that is enhanced with equally quirky and droll illustrations. The simple yet lovely Chinese ink print illustrations perfectly capture the dead pan nature of Bear and his forest friends as he seeks his pointy red hat. The subtle and dark insinuations at the story's
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conclusion will evoke knowing giggles from older readers and warrant re-readings for the younger crowd. An excellent example of an easy reader, the text is big and parallels the illustrations. Dialogue is color coded in accordance to the color of the animal speaking, helping prompt young readers to recognize conversations within the story.
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LibraryThing member aconant05
Bear has lost his hat and cannot find it. He patiently and politely asks several animals if they have seen it. All of them say no. After talking to the deer, Bear realized that he has seen his hat on one of the animals he had questioned previously! This makes Bear mad and he gets his hat back!

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book was simple in both the words and illustrations. There was a sort of pattern to the story as the bear asked for his hat. I loved how the author/illustrator made the whole page red when the bear realizes that he has seen his hat. Overall I would say the story and illustrations were satisfying to the reader.
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LibraryThing member ginarentz
The book, “Have You Seen My Hat”, is hilarious. The illustrations are quick, simple and to the point and encourages the reader to realize what happens to the rabbit. Funny and keeps the story going by getting the chance to ask questions.
LibraryThing member ander23
Wonderful illustration and a good mix of small and large words for the new reader. Good book. Rated 4 stars.
LibraryThing member shazam79
cute and dry humor, but it's implied at the end that the bear ate the rabbit. i don't think that's cool for a kid's book.
LibraryThing member ekstewar
Summary: A story about a bear who loves his red hat until he loses it. He goes through the forest asking each animal he passes if they've seen his hat, each saying no. Then he finally finds that his hat has been stolen by the rabbit...
Genre: Picture Book
Personal Reflection: Another book with such
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unique and awesome illustrations! I want to reread this book just to look at the pictures again. I love the stupidity of the bear and the dark humor of the whereabouts of the rabbit.
Concept: I think this is a cute read aloud book. It might be too disturbing for a bedtime story, even though the illustrations are really fun to look at in detail.
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LibraryThing member cassielanzas
This is the story of a bear who lost his hat. The bear asks each woodland creature if he has seen his hat. He passes the rabbit, which is wearing a red hat. The next animal asks the bear what his hat looks like. As the bear describes it, he realizes the rabbit was wearing his hat. Now, the rabbit
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is missing, but bear insists he has not seen the rabbit. It is implied that the bear ate the rabbit.

The text and the illustrations work very well together. The reader sees the rabbit wearing the hat and immediately assumes it is the bear's hat- without any mention of it in the text. The illustrations are simple and not emotive, yet they are engaging and draw the reader in.

I think this book would be an excellent read around for a wide variety of ages. I was recently at a birthday party for a two year old, who instantly loved the book. Meanwhile, his ten year old cousin enthusiastically endorsed it as her teacher had used it for a read around. I think the humorous dialogue and implication of guilt make this book appealing to a wide age range.
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LibraryThing member AMQS
This book is hilarious, and both primary and intermediate students love it. I read this a lot this year as it is a Colorado Children's Book Award nominee for 2013. A bear is sad because his hat is gone. He goes looking for it through the forest, asking every creature he sees if they have seen it.
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The resolution is very funny, and a bit dark -- something very unfortunate happens to the creature who stole the hat, but kids picked up on it right away. I read this book at a time when the school-wide habit was integrity, which even the kindergarten students can see is not being shown by the guilty party.

Curriculum: consequences, integrity.

Klassen, J. (2011). I want my hat back. Somerville, Mass: Candlewick Press.
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LibraryThing member AG314
Klassen, Jon

I Want My Hat Back

2011. 40pp. $15.99 hc. Candlewick Press. 978-0-7636-5598-3. Grades K and up

In this deceptively simple but very wry story, a bear goes looking for his missing hat, politely asking each animal he meets if they have seen his hat. None of the animals have seen the bear's
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hat, at least according to them, but near the end of the book, the bear suddenly remembers that he has seen his hat on his journey to find it--and sharp-eyed readers may see it the first time they read the book too. He finds the rabbit who has taken his hat, but the rabbit does not want to give the hat back, and soon, another animal is going from creature to creature asking if anyone has seen a rabbit. The text is easy to read, and the pictures minimalist, but there is a lot to enjoy in this book for readers of any age. Older readers will enjoy the details of the story, such as the note-perfect depiction of someone with a guilty conscience, while younger readers will enjoy seeing the evasive rabbit meet his comeuppance. Recommended for all.
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LibraryThing member Eglawren
This book was on the NY Best Selling List, but I was not overly impressed by it. The illustrations are sweet but the story about a fox stealing a bear's hat was a little dull.
LibraryThing member leighfer23
This book is a good book for kinder to second grade. This book has good use of dialogue and is quirky in illustrations and text.The language is polite throughout the book and can demonstrate conversational skills. It is fun to read aloud and out loud. The illustrations are simplistic and make this
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book what is is and help the text along wonderfully. It is about a bear's journey to find his hat. In the end he realized it was stolen by a rabbit and got revenge on the rabbit.
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LibraryThing member MFeil
With beautiful illustrations to tell the story, the simple text allows this book to be an easy read, and a great read-aloud.
Age range: 4 - 8 Years (B&N)
LibraryThing member demmiee
This story about a well-mannered bear on a quest to find his missing hat is told in simple language. A hilarious read-aloud that students young and ole will enjoy. A great book that even my 11 year old son was laughing so hard he almost cried. A great story for keeping a goal or objective in mind.
LibraryThing member bnlmoore
This is a book about a bear that lost his hat and by the end of the book he finds out that a rabbit had stolen it so he seeks revenge. The book is a fun to read and has cute/simple illustrations. There is a lot of dialogue in it which would be good to teach a lesson on quotation marks and when to
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use them
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