I Want My Hat Back (Jon Klassen)

4.5 out of 5 stars

This is a simple, clever book with non-flashy illustrations and an interesting punchline/conclusion.

There’s a bear, and he’s lost his hat, and he wants it back.

He goes around asking various animals if they’ve seen his hat… and eventually realizes that one of the many animals he asked (a turtle, a rabbit, a snake, an armadillo…) was lying to him, and…

(spoiler alert… yes, I know it’s a kid’s book)…

he goes back, confronts the thief…

(and, last chance to not read the spoiler)…

the bear eats the thief.

Now the last section is funny… but I’ve never really known how I felt about a children’s book where a bear eats another animal because it stole his hat…

It was a gift, and my toddler loves it. It’s simple, the dialog is quick and sticks in his head, and it’s hard to get him to go away from it now. He probably thinks it’s a 5-star, and I’m more genuinely torn… it’s clever though, and keeps the parent’s interest…

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