Picture Book Review: I WANT MY HAT BACK

“My hat is gone. I want it back.”

An easy quick read, I Want My Hat Back consists of dialog between a bear and various other animals. The minimal use of color helps emphasize the importance of paying attention. Children will find the hat long before bear will remember where he last saw his hat. The story also teaches children that it honesty is best. After all, you don’t want to be eaten by a bear.

For a fun large group activity, get a large paper bag, roll up the edge and give the kids free rein with art materials as they design their own hat. Afterward, have the kids look at everyone’s hats and then close their eyes as you switch their hats around. Tell the children to ask questions about their hats, as they try to find the correct owner.

Themes: honesty, recollection

Title: I Want My Hat Back
Author/Illustrator: Jon Klassen
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Candlewick Press (September 27, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0763655988
ISBN-13: 978-0763655983

Perfect Picture Book List on Susanna Leonard Hill’s Website


Author: Nessa

Librarian for people with visual and physical impairments, and mother of two sharp-witted alien children.

10 thoughts on “Picture Book Review: I WANT MY HAT BACK”

  1. I can’t believe no one has put this book up already, Nessa – it’s been so highly acclaimed! I also can’t believe I haven’t read it yet! Thanks so much for adding it to our list – I know everyone will love it 🙂

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