I Want My Hat Back is a simple story about a bear’s search for his lost hat. It took us a few readings before we realised that the ending of the story is very much open to interpretation and one interpretation is quite brutal!
The Story: A bear has lost his hat. He asks a succession of animals if they have seen it before the deer’s question makes him realise that he has already seen it! The bear is very polite and “Thank you anyway” has become my daughter’s new catchphrase. The story has quite an ambiguous ending!
My daughter and I find I Want My Hat Back very funny. The animals are drawn using muted colours with the exception of red for the hat and other defining moments in the story. It is told completely through dialogue and is simple and repetitive which is good for a beginner reader. It’s also simple enough for a non native speaker to understand.
Age range: 4 +
Author / Illustrator – Jon Klassen