I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen. Walker Books. 2011.
They don’t get much better than this! This is my new favourite. I love it so much.
A book about a bear who loses his hat and tries to find it. The story is very amusing - one that involves a big joke that includes the reader whole time and there’s a little shock at the end too.
Jon Klassen’s illustrations are perfect - they’re all quite static and simple (no mouths) but with the poses the animals strike along with the body language they just ooze so much character, expression and emotion. The conversational short dialogue works really well with these pictures too- a perfect fit.
Very clever, very amusing and very much a book that everyone should own!