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Baghead Paperback – July 13, 2004

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When Josh insists on wearing a brown paper bag over his head all day, the grownups around him go a bit crazy. "How do you plan to play like that?" asks his soccer coach, a demand that Krosoczka (Good Night, Monkey Boy) renders in imposing handwritten letters. But throughout the day, and in the face of a panoply of authority figures, Josh's resolve not to be unmasked remains as immutable as the three-hole (two for the eyes, one for the mouth) expression on his bag face. The hero's successful acts of insubordination (he makes three goals in soccer, for instance) attest to Krosoczka's sympathy for his audience, who will readily identify with Josh. The saturated, deliberate brushstrokes make the most of Josh's tenaciousness, and the hero's peppy stride and confident stance transforms the paper bag's goofiness into a kind of jaunty cheek. Just when readers may begin to think that Josh could sustain his baghead fa‡ade indefinitely, his little sister pops the one question no adult has bothered to ask: "Why are you wearing a bag, Josh?" For the first time, Josh reveals himself, along with the answer: a do-it-yourself haircut. That same compassionate sister brings about the happy ending in the form of a spiky new 'do (thanks to her pink mega-hold styling gel). Ages 4-7.
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PreSchool-Grade 2-From a brown, flecked dust jacket with two cut-out circles, a pair of eyes stares out at readers. At first, it is not clear why Josh chooses to go through the day-eating breakfast, giving his book report, and playing soccer-with a paper bag over his head. The adults think he won't be able to function, but the child even manages to score three goals. In the end, Josh reveals his motivation-a do-it-yourself haircut. His little sister proposes an alternate solution: "a very cool, spiky, mega-hold gel idea." Quirky caricatures rendered in thick, layered brush strokes are accompanied by short sentences in a childlike font. Curiosity will be piqued by the cover, although the story doesn't sustain interest over multiple readings. A novelty purchase, with programming potential.
Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 420L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Books; Reprint edition (July 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553111728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553111729
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jarrett J. Krosoczka has been passionate about storytelling through words and pictures since he was a kid. He began his professional career by illustrating educational readers for a national publisher while still an undergraduate at Rhode Island School of Design. Then, just six months after graduation, Jarrett received his first contract for a trade book that he authored. Knopf Books for Young Readers published Good Night, Monkey Boy on June 12, 2001 and Jarrett hasn't stopped or slowed down since.

Jarrett is a two-time winner of the Children's Choice Book Award for the Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year and is the author and/or illustrator of more than twenty-five books for young readers. His work includes several picture books, the Lunch Lady graphic novels and Platypus Police Squad middle-grade novel series. Jarrett has given two TED Talks, both of which have been curated to the main page of TED.com and have collectively accrued nearly two million views online. He is also the host of The Book Report with JJK on SiriusXM's Kids Place Live, a weekly segment celebrating books, authors and reading. His work has been featured on the front page of The Boston Globe and on NPR's All Things Considered. Jarrett's books have also been recommended by national publications such as Newsweek, The New York Times and USA Today. His Punk Farm picture book and Lunch Lady series are both currently in development as feature films. Jarrett lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters, and their pugs.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HelpingDelayedKids.com on October 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My son loves this story...and reading it together gives us wonderful opportunities to talk about fun new concepts and phrases like "wierd" "spiky" "why - why would a boy wear a bag on his head?" "why would a boy cut holes in the bag first" "what do you think happened to his hair?" etc...It strikes a perfect balance of telling a fun story, while keeping a little bit of mystery for the parents and kids to discuss. Cool ilustrations too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
"On Wednesday morning, Josh had a notion. Josh having an idea is not anything new. But this time, it is a notion not like any he has had before. It is a very BIG notion. A very BROWN notion. A very BIG, BROWN, BAG notion..."

While in his bedroom Josh cut holes in a big paper bag. The holes are for his eyes and mouth, he puts the bag over his head and sets out down the stairs for breakfast. His family was a tad surprised.

After breakfast and still wearing his paper bag, Josh leaves for a busy day working at school and taking part in his soccer practice. The adults in his life, parents, teacher, the bus driver, and especially his soccer coach are less than satisfied when they see Josh and bag covered head

All day he hears, 'You can't eat breakfast with a paper bag on your head!' 'You crazy kid! You can't go to school like that!' 'How do you plan to play like that?' and so it goes.

On the other hand, and to the astonishment of the adults, Josh has a pretty successful day. He eats breakfast with little difficulty, gives his book report, in fact he even scores three goals during his soccer game.

At last during dinner, his little sister asks the question all have been wondering: 'Why are you wearing a bag, Josh?'

My resident critics eyed the cover of Baghead with interest. As a teacher of many years' experience; one look at the cover and I was certain what we were going to learn about the boy in the bag.

Jarrett Krosoczka's uncomplicated, amiably entertaining account connects with children from the outset. I like the vivid, expressive illustrations. Individual sketches delivered in broad, layered brush strokes accompany short sentences presented in a childlike script.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
krosoczka, being both illustrator and author, has created an amazing book. sure to make your child comfortable with their own creativity and individuality. high 5.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on March 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
"On Wednesday morning, Josh had an idea. A very BIG idea. A very BROWN idea. A very BIG, BROWN, BAG idea..." After cutting holes for his eyes and mouth, Josh dons a paper bag and heads downstairs for breakfast, and then off for his busy day at school and soccer practice. None of the adults in his life, his parents, bus driver, teacher, or soccer coach is pleased when they see his bagged head... "You can't eat breakfast with a paper bag on your head!" "You crazy kid! You can't go to school like that!" "How do you plan to play like that?" But to their surprise, he has quite a successful day, even scoring three goals during his game. Finally at dinner, his little sister asks the big question we've all been waiting for... "Why are you wearing a bag, Josh?" Jarrett Krosoczka's simple, charming, humorous story engages, and is complemented by bold, bright and expressive illustrations. The inevitable answer to Josh's unusual heargear is revealed at the end, and youngsters 4-8 are sure to enjoy his sister's creative solution to the "baghead" problem.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Baghead is terrific - fun and funny and engaging on every page, with a surprise ending every kid will adore. I read it to a group of eleven-year-olds, and they loved it, too. What a delightful story - I'm glad I stumbled across this book!
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Format: Paperback
I teach kindergarten and just bought this book. My class loved the book so much I have already read it to them about 5 times. They ask for it everyday!
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