I Want My Hat Back: A Darkly Delightful Masterpiece by Jon Klassen
“My hat is gone. Nobody has seen it.”
By Maria Popova
Somehow, I missed Jon Klassen’s lovely I Want My Hat Back (public library) in the annual reading list of the year’s best children’s books.
But it’s here, and it’s wonderful — part Charlie Harper, part Oliver Jeffers, part Edward Gorey, part something charmingly, entirely its own — a delightful dark story, whose understated narrative and deadpan heroes come to life in an unexpectedly expressive way.
HT vintage kids’ books my kid loves; images courtesy of Jon Klassen
Published December 20, 2011