I Want My Hat Back

Jon Klassen tells the entire story of a missing hat in dialogue.  Reminiscent of the classic Are You My Mother?, the bear asks everyone in the animal kingdom “Have you seen my hat?”  Yet this bear doesn’t recognize his hat even when it is on the rabbit’s head. He accepts the rabbit’s lie, and later, when the aha moment strikes, the bear beats the rabbit at his own game.  I won’t tell you how, because the twist ending is part of the pleasure of reading the book for the first time.  However, repeated reading reveal the nuances and layers of humour.  Consider this excerpt:

Have you seen my hat?

     What is a hat?

     Thank you anyway.

The spot-on illustrations provide subtext and made me love the bear, even if he is big and bad.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at wendybooydegraaff.com or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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8 Responses to I Want My Hat Back

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great! thanks for the share!

  2. gator says:

    Thanks for the great post.

  3. Julie says:

    Just took this out of the library on Monday. LOVE!

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