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I Want My Hat Back [Hardcover]

Jon Klassen
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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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: 20.8 x 28.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,566 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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9 of 9 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish and funny 28 Jan 2012
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Picture Book in Years 1 Dec 2011
By Kit
This book is BRILLIANT. The best kids book I have read in years, and we read alot in our house!
The story is great,kids love it and I laughed out loud three times when I first read it. Buy it. It is destined to become a children's classic, and if it doesn't there is no justice in the world!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Imp
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this after seeing it floating around Tumblr, and I have to say that it is the funniest book I have ever read. The artwork is absolutely delightful, and the story is simple yet incredibly brilliant. I absolutely adored it! I bought it as a Christmas present for a teenager, and she, too, loved it! The pages and cover are of good quality, and altogether it's quite possibly the best thing I've ever bought in my life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST. 9 Jan 2013
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Only good for someone who knows better
I like it for myself, it's funny! Only thing is i wouldnt want to read it to a kid because it would imply that telling lies is OK and that doing so can actually be kind of funny. Read more
Published 5 hours ago by Bear
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a great and simple book very funny.
Published 23 hours ago by The Impressive Clergyman
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Hunting for birthday presents I fell upon this book and purely because of reviews I bought three , one for my little boy, two for . a gamble that paid off. Read more
Published 2 days ago by C. Wignell
5.0 out of 5 stars loved by teachers everywhere
The funniest book ever, loved by teachers everywhere, in fact it probably won't come out the staff room.!! Great to read aloud.
Published 2 days ago by lauralou
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius.
I love this book. "I want my hand back" is very simple as a children's book, but it's almost dark, tongue-in-cheek humour that lies between the lines is genius.
Published 7 days ago by K Clay
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
So funny & quite dry . Laughed out loud when I read last page. Brill
Published 10 days ago by Helly
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever
I'm not even a child and I love this book. It's possibly even my favourite book. I've bought it for all the children I know, and it still makes me laugh my head off. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Nao Cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Fan-hatstick
I relate to this book emotionally as I have lost many a hat over the years. A life changing emotional roller coaster.
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Harper
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Therapy
I laughed like a drain when I read this book. It was two days after someone stole my Fire Kindle HDX 7.9. I knew how that bear felt. The book was like therapy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christopher J. Van Beck
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite books ever
I'm serious (and I studied literature at uni).
Just brilliant. I want everyone to read this.
I think the people who don't like it must just not get it. Read more
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