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I Want My Hat Back

Author: Illustrator: Jon Klassen

A bear searches for his missing hat in the bestselling, multiple award-winning picture book debut of Jon Klassen.In his bestselling debut picture book, the multiple award-winning Jon Klassen, illustrator of This Is Not My Hat and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, tells the story of a bear who's hat has 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 it 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, hilarious, read-aloud tale plays out in sly illustrations brimming with visual humour and winks at the reader who will be thrilled to be in on the joke.

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Published: 3rd September 2012
Number of Pages: 40

ISBN-13: 9781406338539

Age Ranking
  1. #77 of 2007 books for 5 year olds
  2. #119 of 2182 books for 3 year olds
  3. #161 of 2018 books for 6 year olds
  4. #247 of 2454 books for 4 year olds
  5. #291 of 1931 books for 2 year olds
  6. #774 of 1938 books for 7 year olds
  7. #1181 of 1618 books for 1 year olds
14 Book reviews
19th February '18
I read it to eriklundholt aged 4
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5 stars
Another brilliant book from Jon klassen a funny book with lovely illustrations 
13th February '17
I read it to LucasChops aged 5
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5 stars
This book is just awesome - we're massive fans.  Bear's hat has gone missing and he asks several animals if they've seen it - they all say no.  Suddenly he remembers that one of those questioned was actually wearing his hat - he rushes back to re-claim it (with disastrous results for the thief).  The illustrations are just fab and there is a real sense of humour about the whole thing.  I'm not sure my 5 year old has quite cottoned on to the real ending for the thief but it's still a treat for him and even more so for us as parents.
15th February '18
I read it to bookworm11 aged 6
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5 stars
This was recommended to me and it did not disappoint. It's not often a book has me laughing but this did just that! A very funny book and my grandson loved it too!
4th May '16
I read it to JFN aged 1
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5 stars
A great story about a bear hunting for his missing hat by questioning other animals. Lovely humour ours tale. My almost 2 year old doesn't get the humour, but he still loves the story all the same. 
13th November '17
I read it to Borninwales2011 aged 6
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5 stars
My son and I have enjoyed reading this book for the last two years, since he was around 4. The language is very simple but the book stands up to repeated readings due to the wonderfully subtle black humour. I used to read this to my son; now he reads it to me (and it is one of the few books he will choose to read himself). I think we'll both be reading it for many years to come!
27th July '17
JHopkin read it aged 3
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5 stars
This is the favourite book in our house. It is our go to book whenever we are feeling blue as it is so funny. I love it when the bear finally realises what has happened to his hat and my daddy loves the ending and always laughs a lot. A perfect daddy and daughter book. 
14th September '17
I read it to PHanke aged 2
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5 stars
This is a fantastic book. Lovely, muted illustrations and a story about a bear looking for his red hat. But where is it? Slightly dark ending, but my daughter didn't seem to notice and I found it quite amusing! 
30th October '17
I read it to joshgok aged 7 & to JakeGOK aged 4
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5 stars
So funny, without even trying! An easy 5 stars. Great pictures, and easy to read.  I love that each character has it's speech in different colours so you can change the voices when you read it.

Amusing ending too!
18th July '16
I read it to The Little Prince aged 6 & to Little Shell aged 3
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5 stars
I just LOVE this book. It's such an under-stated, brilliantly funny book, and I find myself sneaking it out of the bookshelf often to re-read it as I never tire of it. My children, aged 3 and 6, love it too. It tells the very simple story of a bear who loses his hat, then sets out to find it by asking the animals he meets along the way if they've seen it...until he has a sudden - and momentous - realisation that HE has seen his hat. Impossible to say more without ruining the plot, but I can wholeheartedly recommend this book as a perfectly told tale, with plenty of opportunities to practice your different voices to amuse your children! 
2nd April '18
I read it to Miss-ie-davis aged 5
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5 stars
This is possibly my favourite book to read to my daughter! I find it really funny and the illustrations are lovely. I like to put on silly voices and it opens a dialogue for my daughter to talk about what is going on in the pictures.
7th January '17
I read it to SophieKelly aged 3
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5 stars
The Hat trilogy is fabulous. 

Part 1: "I want my hat back" - bear has lost his hat, and he goes to find it... asking other woodland animals if they've seen it.... who are helpful in differing degrees. He lies down, sad, resigned to not finding his hat..... then he remembers something...  Simple words / sentences that are really accessible to a nascent reader.... but requires quite sophisticated comprehension to how people are feeling...... understand that sometimes whats said is not always said out loud....motivations...... and not everyone tells the truth. 

One of the best children's books I've read. 
18th March '15
I read it to MicahW aged 5 & to AvaW aged 1
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4 stars
A bear sets goes out to find his missing hat. he asks all the animals he meets if any of them have seen his hat. They all say no, but one of them is not telling the truth. Great illustrations and understated humor. It appeals more to the older kids, 5 plus, as they get the concept of one of the animals lying about the hat and they can use the clues to try work out which animal is lying.
4th June '17
I read it to Preschool Green Group aged 2 to 5
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4 stars
I would give this book five stars for the beautifully understated writing, gorgeously simple illustrations and deliciously dark humour, but I think some of it was lost on my nursery class! I think a child of 4-5 plus would find it as funny as I did, but it is a shorter story for older children. Thankfully the entire trilogy is now available. 
18th September '16
I read it to Soopa aged 1
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4 stars
This is an unusual book as the pictures are not the usual bright and bold you find in many kids' books. They are quirky and funny and understated, a bit like the story. My nearly 2-year-old doesn't get the main joke of the book but she still loves the story and we read it together often. 
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