I Want My Hat Back (Jon Klassen)

Hello, everyone! Our book today is I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, the first book in Klassen’s wonderfully absurd Hat trilogy.

A bear has lost his hat, and sets about looking for it. He asks everyone he meets if they have seen his distinctive hat: a fox, a turtle, a shifty rabbit wearing a suspiciously familiar-looking hat, a snake, but no one seems to know where his hat could have gotten to! Will Bear ever find his precious hat? And what will he do when he finds the culprit who took it?

Much like This Is Not My Hat, I Want My Hat Back is a straightforward story that is not trying to impart any lofty morals or lessons; it’s pure fun and, on this, it delivers. From the deadpan dialogue to the hilarious minimalist illustrations, it’s a wonderfully wacky tale that’s perfect for a light read (and I definitely recommend using outlandish character voices when reading aloud, which is oodles of fun with the laconic text). It even provides some great opportunities for animal identification for very young readers like JJ, who adored this one. Length is perfect for a little ones, and we loved it, so definitely Baby Bookworm approved!


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