Tuesday, September 27, 2011

more pictures than words?

The lovely and talented Liz Bicknell read this book aloud to me at a conference a while back. So, I was thrilled toget the final book in my hands. Here is I WANT MY HAT BACK by Jon Klassen (Candlewick 2011). A bear searches for his hat. He askes everyone he encounters if they have seen his. After a while, he recalls seeing his pointy red hat on someone else's head and returns to demand his hat back. Nice twist at the end to make for a lovely llttle joke between author and reader. <493>

There is so much to recommend this book. The conversations between bear and the various other animals are done in contrasting colors, making it simple for even the most beginning reader to know who is speaking at the time. The illustrations are deadpan perfect as is the narrative that accompanies the pictures.

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