Age 0-3, 4-6
By Jon Klassen (Walker)
A bear has lost his hat. He wants it back. He asks a few animals but they have not seen it. Even the rabbit who, funnily enough, is wearing a red hat, has not seen it. Wait a moment. What happens after the bear remembers where he last saw his hat is both laugh-out-loud hilarious and a little dark – which is what you’d expect of the illustrator of the Coraline film animation. He has also written the award-winning This Is Not My Hat, with a similar theme.
Jon Klassen has a lovely way of capturing the simplicity of emotions and his retro illustrations carry the book to art level. This is a must-have on your book shelf. You’ll find yourself using the “Have you seen…’ sentences whenever there is a missing object in the house.
Me: Have you seen the bisuits?
Kids: No why are you asking us.
We haven’t seen them.
We haven’t seen any biscuits anywhere.
We would not steal biscuits.
Don’t ask us any more questions.
Me: OK thank you anyway…”