(A 2012 Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2011) Through a sparsely drawn landscape, a brown bear goes looking for his hat, in this subtle and clever picture book for prereaders from Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen. Patiently and politely the bear asks the animals he encounters if they have seen it, with responses ranging from wonder ("What is a hat?") to vehement denial ("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."). Six times this happens, until the bear suddenly realizes he has seen his hat. Told entirely in pictures and dialog, Klassen's tale is largely revealed in what is not said, and in his brilliant sepia wash cartoons.
"I Want My Hat Back is a marvelous book in the true dictionary sense of marvel: it is a wonderful and astonishing thing, the kind of book that makes child laugh and adult chuckle, and both smile in appreciation."—NYTimes