I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen. {Book Review}

Via Sophie Legrand
on Apr 26, 2012
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Hardcover Illustration Candlewick Press

“Have you seen my hat?”

Our friend Mique, who is a children’s book illustrator, gave us I Want My Hat Back by Canadian author Jon Klassen for our baby’s birth. Because of her trade and her passion, Mique knows a good picture book when she sees one.

I Want My Hat Back is indeed very special. It’s a simple, whimsical, funny, and strangely addictive read. My husband has been reading it to our baby almost everyday over the last couple of months. Our baby is mesmerized by it. The illustrations in different shades of brown stand out nicely on the dark cream paper. It makes it visually attractive for very young readers.

The plot is a classic whodunit; a likable yet slightly daft bear investigates the loss of his beloved hat in his surrounding animal world.

He questions the animals he meets one at a time: “Have you seen my hat?” The turtle hasn’t seen it, neither have the snake, the deer or the fox. Not much luck there. The rabbit, who is wearing a red pointy hat, denies having seen any hat and requests that the bear stop asking him anymore questions. At this stage, any decent detective would have spotted the thief, and caught him red-hatted. The bear doesn’t, and there lie the irony and comedy in the book. That and the end, where the bear gets his own back, but I won’t spoil for you.

The age group is labelled as 3+, but we know how relative this can be, so don’t let this stop you from reading this fantastic book to a younger audience.

It is published by Candlewick Press in the US and by Walker Books in the UK


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About Sophie Legrand

Sophie is the littlest French hobo. After studying American Literature in Paris, she left France in 1998 to first live in Santa Barbara, California, for a year. She then went to Madrid where she started working in publishing, as a literary agent. After 5 years of movida in Spain, she moved to London. There, she was introduced to yoga by two fantastic teachers, who gave her some very good foundations, a sense of precision and a taste for Asian philosophy. She completed her Yoga Teacher Training in Vancouver in 2011 and is now back to England where she is a proud stay-at-home mom and a yoga teacher. She is also a passionate home-cook with a focus on multicultural, tasty and healthy dishes. Her culinary explorations are on L'Artichaut.


2 Responses to “I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen. {Book Review}”

  1. @QuelleBooks says:

    Hello. The book is actually published by Candlewick Press in the US not Random House. Random House does distribution for Candlewick but is not connected with their publishing.

  2. sophie says:

    You’re absolutely right QuelleBooks. I was confused between Candlestick (what Amazon said) and RH (who Google favoured), and I chose RH, thinking first that Candlestick would be one of their numerous imprints. Wrong assumption, and I’m glad you straightened that out for me! I have the UK edition that’s why. We will correct it now. Many thanks!