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Jon Klassen

I Want My Hat Back


2013, Virginia Readers Choice Award, Nominee2014, Monarch Award, Nominee2012, E.B. White Read Aloud Award, Winner2012, Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens, Recommended2014, Grand Canyon Reader Award, Nominee2012, Geisel Medal (Dr. Seuss), Honor Book2013, Colorado Children's Book Award, Nominee2013, Golden Archer Award, Nominee2012, Buckaroo Book Award, Nominee2012, Texas 2x2 Reading List, Recommended2013, Greenaway Medal, Nominee2012, Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award, Honor Book2012, Irma S. & James H. Black Award, Honor Book2011, Cybils, Finalist

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.


About the Author
Jon Klassen created illustrations for the 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.