We Found A Hat (Jon Klassen)

Hello, everybody! Our book today is the final story from Jon Klassen’s hilarious Hat Trilogy, We Found A Hat

Two tortoise friends in the desert, who do everything together, one day stumble upon a hat. They both like the hat. They both look very good in the hat. But there are two of them, and only one hat. The tortoises decide that since both cannot have the hat, then neither will. But as they prepare for sleep, one tortoise wonders: what if he took the hat? Can he resist temptation for the sake of his best friend?

Of the Hat Trilogy, this one absolutely has the most heart. The hilariously deadpan style of the dialogue is back, and as fun to read as ever, and Klassen’s fabulously minimalist illustrations still tell as much of the story with a shifty eye or turned head as text does. But unlike the first two books in the series, which were just pure fun, the finale has a lovely and touching message: material things are never as precious as true friendship. The length of this one is perfect, and while the art may not be as colorful as other children’s books, the bold minimalist art is still as striking as it is charming. JJ loved this book, as did I, and it’s absolutely Baby Bookworm approved!

I Want My Hat Back (Jon Klassen)

Hello, everyone! Our book today is I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, the first book in Klassen’s wonderfully absurd Hat trilogy.

A bear has lost his hat, and sets about looking for it. He asks everyone he meets if they have seen his distinctive hat: a fox, a turtle, a shifty rabbit wearing a suspiciously familiar-looking hat, a snake, but no one seems to know where his hat could have gotten to! Will Bear ever find his precious hat? And what will he do when he finds the culprit who took it?

Much like This Is Not My Hat, I Want My Hat Back is a straightforward story that is not trying to impart any lofty morals or lessons; it’s pure fun and, on this, it delivers. From the deadpan dialogue to the hilarious minimalist illustrations, it’s a wonderfully wacky tale that’s perfect for a light read (and I definitely recommend using outlandish character voices when reading aloud, which is oodles of fun with the laconic text). It even provides some great opportunities for animal identification for very young readers like JJ, who adored this one. Length is perfect for a little ones, and we loved it, so definitely Baby Bookworm approved!