I Want My Hat Back: Book Talk Tuesday


Happy Tuesday everyone!  I have only three days of school left for the year, so it is definitely a happy Tuesday for me. 🙂  I am so excited to be linking up with Deanna Jump for today’s Book Talk Tuesday.  Starting today, each Tuesday I will introduce you to a book that I really love.

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I’m going to start off the weekly series with what might be my very favorite book of all time.  I first heard about it in grad school, in a children’s literature class.  It’s a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor book by Jon Klassen, and it’s called…

I Want My Hat Back!  I have to confess that when I asked for this book for Christmas, I was asking for it mostly for myself and less for my students. 🙂 🙂  I laugh every.single.time. I read this book!

The story begins with Bear searching for his missing hat.  He asks various animals if they have seen it.  They all respond that they have not, in fact, seen his hat.  But are they telling the truth?  You’ll just have to read to find out where Bear’s hat is, and who is the true culprit! 🙂

Since I can’t really tell much more about the book without giving away the hilarious ending, I can, at least, tell you what the book is useful for!  It’s good for a laugh, of course.  It’s appropriate for PreK through 2nd grade, and doesn’t have much text on each page.  It serves as an EXCELLENT introduction to making inferences for K or 1st!  I Want My Hat Back would also be a good mentor text for writing workshop.  It shows how authors use both illustrations and words to tell a story – without the illustrations in this book, the reader wouldn’t understand the plot, nor would the text be so hilarious.  

That’s all for today!  I really hope you will check the this book out and find it as funny as I did. 🙂


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10 years ago

Have just ordered this book on your recommendation – and like you, I’ve ordered it mainly for myself! Can’t wait to find out what’s happened to his hat!

Reply to  Karyn

Ooh I’m excited you ordered it! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 🙂

10 years ago
Reply to  Karyn

I LOVED it!!! Can’t wait to get to school now & read it to my kiddos!!

10 years ago

Thanks so much for linking up!! I seriously LOVE this book! It is so funny to hear the kids discuss what they think happened to rabbit at the end of the book. 🙂

Reply to  Deanna Jump

Isn’t in the best?! I’ve saved it for my kids for our last full day of school (tomorrow). Thanks for the linkup! I was totally wanting to do a series like this over the summer and now this is motivating me to stick with it!!

10 years ago

Love this book! Have you checked out “This is Not My Hat” which is also by Jon Klassen?

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Reply to  Love to Learn

I have seen that book but don’t think I’ve read it yet!! Time to add another one to my list!!


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