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I Want My Hat Back: Charming Children’s Illustration by Jon Klassen


“My hat is gone. Nobody has seen it.”

Somehow, I missed Jon Klassen’s lovely I Want My Hat Back in the omnibus 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 read, somehow, incredibly expressive.

HT vintage kids’ books my kid loves; images courtesy of Jon Klassen

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