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I Want My Hat Back : E. B. White Read-Aloud Award. Picture Books - Jon Klassen

I Want My Hat Back

E. B. White Read-Aloud Award. Picture Books

Hardcover

Published: 1st October 2011
For Ages: 4 - 8 years old
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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.

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 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 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.

About the Author

Jon Klassen has created illustrations for popular series The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place and served as an illustrator on the animated feature film Coraline. His illustrations for Caroline Stutson's Cats Night Out won the Governor General Award in 2010. I Want My Hat Back is the first book he has both written and illustrated. Originally from Niagara Falls, Canada, he lives in Los Angeles, USA.

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Fantastic for both kids and adults

5

The "hat trilogy" by Jon Klassen is a joy to read to yours kids. The books are elegant in their simplicity, well-illustrated (so much of the story is told in the characters' eyes) and provide a good message to children. They are as entertaining for adults to read and re-read as they are for kids. Will be keeping an eye out for more works by this author.

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What a delightful bedtime read!

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My boys (9 & 7) loved discovering the storyline for themselves through the beautiful artwork. Cleverly written with few words and a funny ending that left my kids giggling.

Sydney

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Hilarious

5

This is one of my favourite children's books. Hard to know who enjoys this book more, my girls or their parents. The ending is very funny!

Sydney

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I want my Hat Back

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Cheeky and delightfully entertaining The ending lends itself to interpretation and speculation.

Sydney

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A marvelous book in the true dictionary sense of "marvel": it is a wonderful and astonishing thing, the kind of book that makes child laugh and adult chuckle, and both smile in appreciation. A charmingly wicked little book. --The New York Times 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)

Read aloud, this story will offer many sublime insights into how young readers comprehend an illustrated text that leaves out vital information, and will leave young sleuths reeling with theories about what just happened. --School Library Journal

Klassen's animation and design skills are evident on every page in this sly, subversive tale... Adults and older children will chuckle mordantly at rabbit's sudden disappearance, while young children might actually wonder, with Squirrel, where the rabbit has gone. --The Horn Book

Indubitably hip, this will find plenty of admirers. --Kirkus Reviews

You know, bears may stand for adults in some way, because they're big, they're ungainly, they're goofy. They're like most of us grownups. But the bear in this book paws down; he's got to be the dimmest, most slow-witted, brilliantly stupid bear to come along in years. I really love him. --NPR Weekend Edition

Four pages into this charmer, every kindergartner will know where the bear's missing hat is -- but they'll never predict the hilarious revenge he takes on the thief. --People Magazine

A sly picture book...Young readers and listeners will love being in on the joke, making them appreciate the story's humor even more. --BookPage

The joy of this book lies in figuring out the explicit plot from the implicit details in the pictures, especially a few wordless ones. --Chicago Tribune

A coterie of woodland animals is drawn in a minimalistic style and a palette of browns with a splash of red. The dialogue is simple and sly. --The Boston Globe

This is a familiar picture-book formula with a twist, and the minimalist style Klassen employs with both text and art only emphasizes the humor of the situation....While these design choices and the simplicity and pattern of the text would make this a good choice for beginning readers, it would also make an amusing readaloud or a great little readers' theater piece. --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Read I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen. It's the most subtle endorsement of murder you'll ever find. --GQ.com

This is a must-have for any primary or even intermediate classroom. It's about inference and being a good reader. --Huffington Post

Jon Klassen

Jon Klassen grew up in Niagara Falls, Canada, and now lives in Los Angeles, California.

He is the Caldecott Award-winning author and illustrator of I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat, as well as the illustrator of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett; The Dark by Lemony Snicket; House Held Up by Trees by Ted Kooser; Cats' Night Out by Caroline Stutson; and the first three books in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series.

Visit Jon Klassen's Booktopia Author Page


ISBN: 9780763655983
ISBN-10: 0763655988
Series: E. B. White Read-Aloud Award. Picture Books
Audience: Children
For Ages: 4 - 8 years old
For Grades: 1 - 2
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 40
Published: 1st October 2011
Publisher: Candlewick Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.8 x 20.9  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.39