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.
Children's Book of the Year: I Want My Hat Back
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Review by Kristy Rabbitt