I Want My Hat Back

I Want My Hat Back

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: London : Walker, 2011.
ISBN: 9781406336832
Branch Call Number: J PIC
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 29 cm.


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LoganLib_JennyI Jan 02, 2019

An outstanding picture book that incorporates many things children (and adults) love about picture books - humour (although this is very black humour!), naughtiness, animals and the unexpected!
I couldn't just read it once - addictive.

Dec 28, 2018

As an adult level reader, I love picture books like this. This author's hat books are works of art with the textures of paint they put into the plants and animals. But the simple and surreal plot of the stolen hat is hilarious.

Nov 28, 2018

I read it with my 13 year old- we like all sorts of books, what can I say!

Now we found it funny, but I would NOT read it to her if she were a pre-schooler, especially an aggressive one. The comment by bookmobile was bang on; it is shocking and... well... wrong, at least as far as role-modeling go. Not wrong if you are a bear though.

I also read and recommend This is Not My Hat by the same author. These books will have every kid yelling out the answers before the actual twist is revealed. I could not believe the end! Give it a read – I dare you! (submitted by DS)

Oct 18, 2017

Wait -- what are we teaching our children, here? That they are too dumb to understand anything but the most boring and repetitious of stories? That stealing, lying, and stupidity are funny? That escalation and revenge are any way to deal with problems? I can't imagine why this won an award, but I certainly won't be reading it to any of the children in my life.

Blue_Cat_835 Jan 19, 2016

A very entertaining story. 5 year old asks to have it read to her at least four times a day.

bookpeep Apr 02, 2012

Great book! A mystery for 1st Graders. Yea they are asking for more books to read. Now, that's a good thing.

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LoganLib_JennyI Jan 02, 2019

LoganLib_JennyI thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Blue_Cat_835 Jan 19, 2016

Blue_Cat_835 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

CelesteBC Oct 25, 2012

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Blue_Cat_835 Jan 19, 2016

No. Why are you asking me. I haven't seen it. I haven't seen any hats anywhere. I would not steal a hat. Don't ask me any more questions.

Blue_Cat_835 Jan 19, 2016


JewelMcLatchy Jan 14, 2012

Stop asking me questions


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