I Want My Hat Back

I Want My Hat Back

Book - 2011
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When Bear loses his hat, he patiently asks the animals he comes across if they have seen it, and just as he is about to give up his search, a deer helps him remember exactly where he left his beloved hat.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2011.
ISBN: 9780763655983
Characteristics: [32] p. :,col. ill. ;,29 cm.


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DPLjosie Apr 14, 2018

I love this award-winning book! [Spoiler] I totally think one character ate the other. (Trying not to give it completely away!) Some people think one character just ran away, but that is sooo not my interpretation. What do you think?

Mar 22, 2018

Yes this is controversial but depending on the age of the child whether being read to or reading themselves, it portrays a bear looking for something that was lost or stolen. But the way the dialog was constructed, it opens a way to discuss what REALLY happened to the rabbit, and how the situation could have been handled possibly in a better way than what is suspected.. This is a good example of how someone answers a question can give you hints to what really happened. For example, as the reader do YOU think he was lying? Maybe the bear lost the hat and the rabbit found it, or did the rabbit steal it? Lots of unanswered questions. And by the way, this is a far less disturbing story than Little Red Riding Hood.

SPPL_Anna Mar 10, 2018

Very fun book, and honestly one of my favorites. While morally dubious, it is still a great piece of entertainment of kids and grown ups. It definitely won't work for everyone, but for those it does will LOVE it.

Mar 09, 2018

how did this win an award, it's a supid book. Sorry author.

Apr 14, 2017

This is a very unpopular opinion, but I don't like this book. The drawings are nice, and if it were written for adults, that would be just fine. But all I get out of it is if someone steals my hat, particularly a bunny, I can eat them to get it back. I found the completely red page particularly disturbing.

Apr 11, 2017

Boring , would not recommend

Dec 28, 2016

I'm not sure how I feel about this book. As an adult, I can laugh at the less-than-stellar human characteristics the author has given the animals. As a mother reading this to her child, I would discuss various actions and feelings with my child as I read or completed the reading of this book. But I would not feel good about having my child read a book on their own that depicted lying as an acceptable way of life.

Oct 19, 2016

Because sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to get that hat back.

Jun 15, 2016

This is a slightly disturbing tale of a bear who tries to find his lost hat, and **SPOILER ALERT** ends up killing and eating (off screen) the rabbit who stole it from him. If you aren't ready to talk about a character in your children's book murdering another character, you might want to skip this one! Definitely an interesting children's book. Seems to have been inspired by the Godfather movies, this is a story of revenge and how the bear must take back what's his and punish whoever took it away. Kind of like a Mel Gibson movie.

CRRL_CraigG Jun 25, 2015

Bear, standing upright, interrogates a different animal. Nearly every conversation is alike. No one has seen his hat and bear retorts, "OK. Thank you anyway." before he goes on to the next creature. The whole thing reads like a classic comedy bit.

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Apr 30, 2014

finnja22 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 8


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JCLLauraH Aug 16, 2016

A bear loses his hat and asks the other animals if they have seen it.


A bear has lost his hat. To find it he questions a variety of woodland creatures including a fox, a frog, a turtle, a possum, a dear, a snake and a rabbit. The rabbit, for the record, refuses to acknowledge having seen the hat in spite of the fact that he appears to be wearing it. And when the bear realizes the true culprit there will be a price to pay. A deeply amusing price. Painted with Chinese ink and digital art, Klassen’s book falls into that growing category of subversive picture books out there. What makes it stand out, however, is how beautifully put together it all is.


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Roxannajayc Aug 02, 2012

Ok thank you anyways


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