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1001 Stories Collection

I Want My Hat Back

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Added on 14th July 2020

Author and Illustrator Jon Klassen
First published 2011
Publisher Candlewick Press, Somerville (MA), USA

Animals
1001

A hilarious picture book, enjoyed by all ages, with a great twist at the end.

Story

Bear’s hat is missing. Patiently and politely, he asks his fellow woodland animals if they have seen his hat. They all say no. Bear is on the edge of giving up when he realizes he has seen his hat after all…

Why we chose it

A great story to read aloud – enjoyed by toddlers and teenagers alike, I Want My Hat Back is a favourite with Story Museum visitors.

Where it came from

Jon Klassen (1981 - ) is a Canadian author, illustrator, and animator. He first created the characters in I Want My Hat Back for a set of greetings cards, with each animal wearing a birthday hat. He liked the stiff awkwardness of the animals so much that he decided to write a book about them.

Where it went next

I Want My Hat Back was an instant bestseller and has been translated into almost thirty languages. A stage adaptation of the book was performed at the National Theatre, and I Want My Hat Back memes and video tributes have spread across the internet.

Associated stories

I Want My Hat Back is the first of Klassen’s ‘Hat’ trilogy. This also includes This Is Not My Hat (2012), which won both the 2013 Caldecott Medal and the 2014 Kate Greenaway Medal, and We Found A Hat (2016).

Added on 14th July 2020

Author and Illustrator Jon Klassen
First published 2011
Publisher Candlewick Press, Somerville (MA), USA

Animals
1001