Bear has lost his hat. He asks a succession of other forest animals if they've seen it. They all say no. It isn't until a deer asks what Bear's hat looks like that Bear realizes he has seen his hat.
What I thought: I love the story's dialogue setup. It almost reads like a play. The surprise won't shock kids, but I'm not sure about sharing I Want My Hat Back with my preschoolers yet. Overall, it's humorous and fun. The illustrations are spot on. My favorites are Bear running, Bear and Rabbit, and I love my hat.