I Want My Hat Back

I Want My Hat Back

Book - 2011
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A bear almost gives up his search for his missing hat until he remembers something important.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780763655983
Branch Call Number: E KLA 2011
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Call Number: E KLA 2011


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Don't take his hat either!

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SPPL_Anna Mar 10, 2018

Very fun book, and honestly one of my favorites. While morally dubious, it is still a great piece of entertainment of kids and grown ups. It definitely won't work for everyone, but for those it does will LOVE it.

Mar 09, 2018

how did this win an award, it's a supid book. Sorry author.

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.

Apr 14, 2017

This is a very unpopular opinion, but I don't like this book. The drawings are nice, and if it were written for adults, that would be just fine. But all I get out of it is if someone steals my hat, particularly a bunny, I can eat them to get it back. I found the completely red page particularly disturbing.

Apr 11, 2017

Boring , would not recommend

Dec 28, 2016

I'm not sure how I feel about this book. As an adult, I can laugh at the less-than-stellar human characteristics the author has given the animals. As a mother reading this to her child, I would discuss various actions and feelings with my child as I read or completed the reading of this book. But I would not feel good about having my child read a book on their own that depicted lying as an acceptable way of life.

Oct 19, 2016

Because sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to get that hat back.

Jun 15, 2016

This is a slightly disturbing tale of a bear who tries to find his lost hat, and **SPOILER ALERT** ends up killing and eating (off screen) the rabbit who stole it from him. If you aren't ready to talk about a character in your children's book murdering another character, you might want to skip this one! Definitely an interesting children's book. Seems to have been inspired by the Godfather movies, this is a story of revenge and how the bear must take back what's his and punish whoever took it away. Kind of like a Mel Gibson movie.

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.

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 25, 2015

Bear, standing upright, interrogates a different animal. Nearly every conversation is alike. No one has seen his hat and bear retorts, "OK. Thank you anyway." before he goes on to the next creature. The whole thing reads like a classic comedy bit.

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Blue_Cat_835 Jan 19, 2016

Blue_Cat_835 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Apr 30, 2014

finnja22 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 8

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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


Roxannajayc Aug 02, 2012

Ok thank you anyways

JewelMcLatchy Jan 14, 2012

Stop asking me questions


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JCLLauraH Aug 16, 2016

A bear loses his hat and asks the other animals if they have seen it.


A bear has lost his hat. To find it he questions a variety of woodland creatures including a fox, a frog, a turtle, a possum, a dear, a snake and a rabbit. The rabbit, for the record, refuses to acknowledge having seen the hat in spite of the fact that he appears to be wearing it. And when the bear realizes the true culprit there will be a price to pay. A deeply amusing price. Painted with Chinese ink and digital art, Klassen’s book falls into that growing category of subversive picture books out there. What makes it stand out, however, is how beautifully put together it all is.


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