I Want My Hat Back

I first saw this book in an email from Amazon.com. I could see in the thumbnail photo that it had a couple of awards stuck to the cover, so I hopped on my library's website and reserved it. And what a treat we were in for!

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen = awesomeness. I loved another reviewer's summary: "The plot is a classic whodunit; a likable yet slightly daft bear investigates the loss of his beloved hat." I can't say much more, since it's a pretty straightforward book. But the things we love about it are the totally understated illustrations and character expressions and text, the author's clever use of punctuation and ALL CAPS instead of exclamation points, and the unexpectedly hilarious ending. It's won the NYT Best Illustrated Children's Book Award and is a Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor Book. To quote the book jacket:

A bear has lost his hat. What if he never sees it again? WAIT! He has seen his hat ...

My husband took me to a bookstore for Mother's Day and instructed me to get any book I wanted. I chose this one. :) It'll definitely be a classic in my family.

Here's the Youtube book trailer, for your viewing enjoyment.

update by Alysa 7/8/15: If you want to go one better than the book trailer and buy this book, here is our affiliate link!


  1. We'll have to check this one out. You can never have enough books to read to the kids.

  2. Loved this book. I've read it to every kid that will sit still long enough for me to find it on the shelf and crack it open.


  3. So fun! I love your review. Except I think it should be marked SPOILERS! I totally haven't read this book yet. And don't worry, I still plan to. :)


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