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Bedhead Paperback – August 1, 2003
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Big, bad, BEDHEAD! Oliver's hair is "way out of control." Hair is going every which way, and in the back there's a clump that looks just like a cat's coughed-up fur ball. Drastic measures are in order. Oliver's very helpful family pushes, pulls, waters, spritzes, mousses, and hair-pins the recalcitrant locks, all to no avail. Finally, they remember the one true answer to bedhead: a baseball cap. Off to school Oliver goes, everything fine and dandy until he makes a horrible discovery: today is class picture day, and hats are not allowed.
Margie Palatini's hilarious story will ring painfully true for bedheadites of all ages. Her riotous dialogue flows free and wild, to the most splendid accompaniment of Jack E. Davis's big-faced (and big-haired) comic illustrations. Anyone who has ever suffered the trauma of bedhead--you know who you are--will weep grateful and giddy tears of joy to read this hairy adventure. A terrific read-aloud. (Ages 6 and older) -- Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From School Library Journal
Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
It's class picture day and oliver wakes uo to find he has...BEDHEAD. His hair is a big gooey, clumpy frumpy mess....and no matter what he tries...mousse, spritz, gel, water, pins....it's still outta control! You'll laugh as he and his family try to tame his wild 'do. The dialogue is as witty and as wild as Oliver's hair and the illustrations are just as giddy and free. A great book to share with children and adults alike. Very silly good fun.
Who hasn't tried to poke down those stubborn wayward strands of hair with the help of everything from water to mousse and gel? Kids not only love the subject, but can't resist joining in the refrain of b-b-boings. A great gift for anyone who struggles with chronic
or even acute 'bedhead'.
Don't get me wrong - it's a great idea for a kid's book, and easily something we can all relate to: Oliver wakes up to find his hair is less than perfect. Every attempt by him and his family to treat the hair makes life (and Oliver's hair) more and more miserable. Finally, Oliver realizes all he's got to do is don a baseball cap (who HASN'T done this among us, men?), and trots off to school.
Once Oliver gets to school, one of his classmates takes glee in pointing out that today is picture day, and that Oliver will have to take the hat off. When it's time for posing with the entire class, the hat comes off, and the hair ... well, I'll not ruin the ending for those of you who have yet to pick up the book.
Ok, so why didn't I like it? For one thing, the book is busy. The words themselves are busy, and the artwork, while exceptional, contains just a hair too many distractions for the ordinary adult reader. Again, the kids loved it, and after all, who's the book going to be for?
Harmless fun that engaged the target audience for (groan) at least a dozen readings; I'll begrudgingly allow four stars.
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It is what it is, a book. It was purchased on a recommendation and is being used in the classroom as a tutoring aid.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Bought this for my son years ago and we both loved it. Now that I have a daughter on the way and we couldn't find the book, I wanted to rebuy it. Such a cute read!Published 8 months ago by Danielle Henry
Love this book! A favorite in my preschool class. Who can't relate, and the illustrations are a riot.Published 13 months ago by truthinadvertising
My daughter took this book to school for her 6th birthday to be read by the teacher. The kids loved it!!!Published 17 months ago by ARG
Borrowed from the library and had to buy it because my 2 year old says bo-ing when he wakes up and looks in the mirror. Read morePublished on April 5, 2014 by happygolucky
I have given this book many times. It is so appropriate and funny for little kids and adults too. I also buy other stories by the author.Published on January 7, 2014 by Adahh Levin