I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen has won numerous awards and praise for both its story and visuals. In this mom’s opinion they are all well deserved, especially the 2012 E.B. White Read Aloud Award. Maybe it’s my background in animation and acting, but I love, love, love making up character voices and this book makes it sooooo easy to do so. And, Faye gets a total kick out of them–especially my turtle. I get a kick out of watching her react.
The first time I read this story it was aloud to Faye and I cracked up for a good 5 minutes. I didn’t expect the illustrations or storyline to be so funny. I must have read it for the 15th time today and it still makes me laugh.
I love the next page, but I don’t want to ruin the story for you. It’s the one that initial made me laugh aloud (and pee myself a tiny bit if I’m being honest. It was quite soon after I gave birth to Faye, so if you’re a mom you know how that goes).