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  • Published: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2011.
  • Year Published: 2011
  • Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
  • Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 29 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 90

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 9780763655983
  • 0763655988


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I want my hat back

by Klassen, Jon.

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Where To Find It

Call number: E KLA

Available Copies: Downtown Youth PicBks, Malletts Youth Picture Books, Pittsfield Youth PicBks

Additional Details

A bear almost gives up his search for his missing hat until he remembers something important.

Community Reviews


This book is clever and fun, with words and pictures combining to tell a fun story.
Yes, as earlier comments have said, there is (offstage) violence. But, you know your kids. Just read it first yourself, and then decide to read and then discuss with them. And then likely reread it again, and again, and again....

Great Book, Not for the Overly Sensitive

The book and its illustrations are fantastic. Everything about this book is engaging. The distinctive style, and the "have you seen my hat" repetition really draw in a listener. It's also a great one to read aloud with animal voices.

There's a bit of a surprise at the end, while pretty fitting for the animal world, it might surprise some readers. My toddler hasn't minded it at all and is just pretty amused about how Bear recalls seeing his hat.

Not didactic...

but a lot of fun. This is a picture book for slightly older kids who can synthesize what is going on in words and what is going on in pictures to get the whole story, which is a very valuable developmental skill. The end may be a little shocking to some but then, so are the Grimm fairy tales, and may not teach moral lessons (other than don't steal other people's hats, because bad things happen) but then, neither do some Doctor Seuss books. There is a lot to talk about with kids at you read and as another reader commented, you can do funny voices for the animals...there really is a lot going on here. And of course, the illustrations are fantastic.

Not so nice

It is funny for older kids and adults but for little ones it can be disturbing. Rabbit blatantly lies and the bear copies that in the end not to mention the violent someone meets. This does not send a good message to kids. I don't see this as read aloud book for a classroom unless you encourage that sort of sense of humor. Better to borrow than to buy. Not a good gift idea. Just my 2c.

surprise ending

This book is funny throughout and has a surprise/shocking ending.

for kids?

I thought this was pretty funny, but I'm an adult. It seemed violent for a toddler.

A must-read

Possibly my favorite picture book of all time. Clever and humorous with delightful pictures.

Bear In A Hat

This is a good choice for reading at a storytime. There isn't a lot of dialogue or explanation so you can ask the kids what they think is going on, do funny voices for the animals, etc.

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