I stumbled upon this book when it was posted in its entirely online, and a friend of mine sent me a link saying, "This reminded me of you." It was soon taken down, because, you know, copyright. But this was a case where after I saw it for free online, I immediately purchased it IRL. I wish I could post the whole thing up here now, mostly because whatever page I'm looking at is my favorite, but also because the book has perfect comedic timing. However, I don't want to get sued, or have the internet police break into my studio in the dead of night and confiscate my computer. You'll just have to take my word for it: this book is rib-bustingly hilarious.
Jon Klassen's illustrations of a stoic bear and blank-eyed forest animals are perfectly combined with this classic quest story stripped down to only the essentials.
The premise is absurdly simple:
|He wants his hat back.|
The bear goes on a very polite journey to find his hat. He only receives negative answers to his query, "Have you seen my hat?" Some answers are more sincere than others.
The answers get more absurd as he goes along.
Despondent, he almost give up, but gets a nudge from a friend.
The resolution is then executed beautifully and skillfully by both Klassan and the Bear.
|Thank you, Vanna Bear.|
Please, please, if you have one children's book -wait, if you have one, it should be The Monster at the End of This Book... But if you have TWO children's books, the second should be I WANT MY HAT BACK by Jon Klassen.
You owe it to yourself.
I WANT MY HAT BACK also now has a companion, THIS IS NOT MY HAT, that's premise is equally simple, absurd, and delightful.
|A fish has stolen a hat. And he'll probably get away with it.|