This selection in the Mini Myths series introduces a little girl named Medusa, whose hair—while it may not be made of poisonous snakes—does seem to have a life of its own.
The initial double-page spread pictures a spunky little girl with a giant mass of yellow tendrils sticking out in all directions and a defiant look on her face; she is in a serious standoff with a hairbrush. Dad tells Medusa that she must have her hair brushed before Grandma comes over, but Medusa is too busy. Before you know it, Grandma has arrived, and her eyes bug out hilariously when she spots Medusa’s mane. She drags the little girl off to a hair salon, and Medusa returns home with a perfectly coiffed head of tame little curls—and a lollipop. Now it’s time to talk about brushing her teeth! While the story is a cute one with a familiar toddler scenario and charming illustrations, the tie to the Medusa story is too tenuous to be meaningful, and the description of the myth provided on the final page, though simplified, will still be much too complex for the board-book crowd.
While the mini-myth concept falls flat, this is a lighthearted look at the conflict between grown-ups and strong-willed tots with their own agendas. (Board book. 2-5)