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I Want My Hat Back [Hardcover]

Jon Klassen
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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Book Description

6 Oct 2011
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 he begins to lose hope, lying flat on his back in despair, a deer comes by and asks a rather obvious question that suddenly sparks the bear's memory and renews his search with a vengeance. Told completely in dialogue, this quirky take on the classic repetitive tale plays out in sly illustrations laced with visual humour and winks at the reader with a wry irreverence that will have kids of all ages thrilled to be in on the joke.

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  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (6 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406336831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406336832
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 0.9 x 28.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deliberately understated, with delectable results... Skillful characterizations; though they're simply drawn and have little to say, each animal emerges fully realized. -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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A picture book debut by a rising talent tells a cumulative tale with a cheeky twist, aided by graphically simple, and truly hilarious, illustrations.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More for adults than children 15 Mar 2012
By atk
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought it because it was so well reviewed - and I loved it. Beautiful illustrations (I think I may have to buy a print too!), wonderful pace and dark humour. However, it does fit that contemporary genre of "children's books that are for arty adults". So - although I do love it, and have gone on to buy it as a present for others, don't assume the younger readers will be as enamoured with it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish and funny 28 Jan 2012
Format:Hardcover
This is a wonderful book. It made me laugh out loud and not just on the first reading. The simple text and delightful graphic style are stylish and satisfying, and the story is hilarious, but also conveys depths of seething emotions. Tragi-comic genius! Exactly expresses the mindset of a passionate toddler, but will also appeal to adults.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Fantastic book for adults to enjoy reading to Children. short enough to not be a chore but simple enough to be able to endow with your own personality - not that you need to - this book has personality in bucketloads.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I want everyone to buy this book! 22 Nov 2011
Format:Hardcover
As a bookseller who spends most of her time in the children's department, I have read a lot of picture books. This is my absolute favourite! The pictures are so stylish, and the twist at the end made me laugh out loud when I first read it. How often do you see rage black-outs illustrated in children's books? It's also really lovely book to handle, and looks great on a book shelf. I spend my time exhorting everyone that comes into the children's department to buy it, and I really hope it becomes as popular as my other favourites by Oliver Jeffers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite ever children's book 7 Nov 2013
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We borrowed this book from the library and was an instant hit with all of us (me, my wife, my 5 year old, my 2 year old and grandparents!) so we had to buy our own copy. Very dry humour, albeit just a little dark at the end. My 2-year old is fine with the implicit eating of the rabbit at the end - although she likes the fact the rabbit appears on the inside back cover, which we used to convince her that the rabbit wasn't really eaten.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST. 9 Jan 2013
Format:Paperback
My faaavourite book in the whole wide world, I've never laughed and cried so hard in the middle of a shop before. - Molly, aged 17 and a half.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining 8 Aug 2012
By Sheila
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have just purchased this book for my two year old with slight trepidation due to the nature of the one star review offered for it by a reviewer a couple of months ago. I have to say that I am SO SO SO glad I ignored their comments and followed the mood of the other reviewers; this book is hilarious, clever and a lesson in life. My daughter immediately picked up on the 'lie' and laughed out loud at the story. The illustrations are great, the book is beautifully crafted and the story if fun - what more can you ask from a children's story book?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 4 Jun 2012
By mel
Format:Hardcover
I found this book in Waterstones with my friend, we are both over 12 and by the end we were absolutely killing ourselves with laughter, very cute and funny book, was very tempted to buy it. Very good and hilarious book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very funny. very enjoyable. Another favourite with the 2- 3 year olds.
Published 11 days ago by Fiona Rae
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I love this book! The style is so dry (in a good way) and the text and illustrations are simple but highly effective and getting the story across. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wendy Redmond
5.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing book by Jon Klassen
Like 'this is not my hat', a wonderful book with a sense of humour. Everyone should buy this book.
Published 2 months ago by Rodrigue et Alphonse
5.0 out of 5 stars It's right fun to read to him
My little son has been smiling at the cover of this book when shown to him since he was 9 months old. He likes the pictures and the story, though of course he doesn't get it yet. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Steve Fields
5.0 out of 5 stars I haven't seen your hat
One of my favourite "children's" books of recent years. Underlying dark humour that many children will really find humorous. Beautifully illustrated.
Published 2 months ago by cardiffstu
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Intelligent, elegant brain. Great read for kids
Published 2 months ago by Radmila Mileusnic
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story. Good quality paperback
Published 2 months ago by moviefan17
5.0 out of 5 stars Style with substance
Our favourite book, it is wickedly funny, the illustrations are second to none and both myself and my three year old love it. Style with substance.
Published 2 months ago by Cozzyboz
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book for children
This is a fantastic book for children. It is simple yet brilliant. I think it will become a classic. Read more
Published 2 months ago by JG
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