The bear’s hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they have seen it. Each animal says no, some more elaborately than others. But just as the bear begins to despond, a deer comes by and asks a simple question that sparks the bear’s memory and renews his search with a vengeance.
Jon Klassen, the author and illustrator has illustrated other books like Cat’s Night out. The artwork has a watercolor look to it but are created digitally and in chinese ink in muted browns and red palette, and the expression’s of the bear are expressed just through the eyes. The typeface color matches the animal the bear is talking to.When the animals are talking to each other their eyes faces the reader which makes a funny look.
The story is in dialogue (very little) . The bear visits various animals to see if they’ve seen his hat. He (and all of the animals) tend to have this very little expression the whole time, which gives the book a slow tone, until the bear remembers where he’s seen his hat. The large silhouettes are contrasted with delicate foliage beneath each page. The use of white space also makes the illustrations look good.
The things that i like the most: the pacing of the story, the humor, the use of minimum color palette, the thick paper, the funny ending and the scene where the bear runs to the left to backtrack the story.
Children will recognize, the lies and excuses in “I Want My Hat Back,”, and this will make them want the book read aloud again and again.
Following are two of the full spreads which I think work amazingly.