This is a picture book debut by a rising talent that tells a cumulative tale wit
h a cheeky twist, aided by graphically simple, and truly hilarious, illustration
s. The bear's hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks
the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they have seen it.
mal says no, some more elaborately than others. But just as it he begins to lose
hope, lying flat on his back in despair, a deer comes by and asks a rather obvi
ous question that suddenly sparks the bear's memory and renews his search with a
vengeance. Told completely in dialogue, this quirky take on the classic repetit
ive tale plays out in sly illustrations laced with visual humour and winks at th
e reader with a wry irreverence that will have kids of all ages thrilled to be i
n on the joke.
This title comes from an exciting new author/illustrator talen
t, previously an artist for Dreamworks Feature Animation. It features subversive
humour sure to please children and adults. It is perfect as a read aloud.