Children's Book of the Year: I Want My Hat Back

Genre: Children's
Publisher: Walker
Publication Date: 05/10/2011
RRP: £11.99

Children’s picture books are going through something of a golden age, but Jon Klassen’s debut book stands out for me for its wit and visual charm. The story, in which a bear searches for his lost hat, sounds simple, but contains moments of surprise, humour and even (subtle) ferocity. The narrative voice has a rhythm all of its own that is a charm to read repeatedly to a child, while the clean look of the artwork is oh-so modern. The book equivalent of a Pixar short.

Genre: Children's
ISBN: 9781406336832