- Publisher: Candlewick Press,U.S.
- Format: Hardback | 40 pages
- Dimensions: 206mm x 282mm x 13mm | 272g
- Publication date: 27 September 2011
- Publication City/Country: Massachusetts
- ISBN 10: 0763655988
- ISBN 13: 9780763655983
- Illustrations note: colour illustrations
- Sales rank: 1,666
A "New York Times" Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2011! A picture-book delight by a rising talent tells a cumulative tale with a mischievous twist. 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 the bear begins to despond, a deer comes by and asks a simple question that sparks the bear's memory and renews his search with a vengeance. Told completely in dialogue, this delicious take on the classic repetitive tale plays out in sly illustrations laced with visual humor-- 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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Jon Klassen received the 2010 Canadian Governor General's Award for his illustrations in Caroline Stutson's CAT'S NIGHT OUT. He also created illustrations for the popular series THE INCORRIGIBLE CHILDREN OF ASHTON PLACE and served as an illustrator on the animated feature film Coraline. 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.
By Kenneth Ogilvie 24 Jan 2012
Here, Klassen has delivered a classic picture book.
With a beautifully simplistic narrative, hysterically emotionless characters, and wonderfully dark undertones that entertain Mum & Dad.
The text is character colour coded and highly stylised grammatically.
I can't help but compare these characters to a Wes Anderson cold open.
Kids love the slow thinking and repetitive language.
Adults love the subtle sarcasm and demise of the antagonist.
Simply charming. Have bought it three times since it's release.
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 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 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 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)