I WON'T COMB MY HAIR! by Annette Langen


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Age Range: 3 - 6


Craziness ensues when a girl lets her locks grow wild. Don't be deceived by the serene smile on little Tanya's face. There are many things she doesn't want to do, and she'll certainly tell you, "I WON'T!" Foremost is combing her hair, which resembles a bushy, brown lion's mane. One day, a small bird lands on the crown of Tanya's head. Another follows, and, before long, there's a nest with five eggs that hatch into chicks. Tanya's careful not to disturb them, and she even hunts for worms. When trees start to grow, though, and jungle animals hiss and screech and growl, she's had enough. She brushes and brushes and brushes until all the knots and tangles (and creatures) are gone. Tanya now has a new problem: She can't settle on a style for her lovely locks. The breezy Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle–esque lesson is much aided by Bahr's illustrations, which make Tanya's hair, simultaneously wild and beautiful, the most vibrant component of every picture. Tanya looks to be biracial, too—an added plus. The lenticular optical-illusion cover is a bonus treat. (Picture book. 3-6)
Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7358-2315-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: NorthSouth
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2010


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