Themes: Community, responsibility, Lost things, crime, theft, forgiveness
I’m going to have to stop saying things like “I’ve found a new favourite illustrator” or “this has got to be one of my favourite books from the last year” it’s either becoming cliche or there’s been a huge line of fantastic authors & illustrators entering the picture book scene.
Jon Klassen has burst onto the scene in dramatic fashion, in the last year I’ve added his name to my bookshelf 4 times, there’s an earthy simplicity in his illustrations and, the simplicity crosses over into his written work. Both “I Want My Hat Back” and the newly released “This Is Not My Hat” have a simplicity in their story telling that could have you thinking that there’s not much to them, but as some people have written you’d be mistaken if you did.
I Want My Hat Back made me laugh…
Join Jon’s Bear, searching for his lost hat, possibly stolen by someone in his forrest, possibly lost. As you wander the forrest you’ll meet a lot of characters who could have stolen the hat but didn’t, but unlike many books of this nature what you won’t see is any of the forrest helping the bear out on his hunt. Many stories like this might have a team, a community of friends who help each other out on the hunt, but this story leaves the bereaved bear alone on his mission.
And the final page of the story will probably remind you why it wasn’t a story of a community looking for a friend’s hat… he’s a Bear!
If you want to read more into the story can I point you towards Jackie Small’s review.
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen (Animated)https://vimeo.com/32627519
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen (Read Out)