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Bedhead Paperback – August 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689860021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689860027
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

"In a gunkless corner of the soapy silver soap dish... in a fogless smidgen of his father's foggy shaving mirror... right there on the hot-water faucet, for heaven's sake... he saw it!"

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

Kindergarten-Grade 3-A loud scream from the upstairs bathroom interrupts Oliver's family's breakfast, and an investigation reveals that the boy is suffering from a bad case of "bedhead." "There was hair going this way. Hair going that way. Hair going up. Down. Around and around." His parents and sister try wetting it and spraying it, but nothing works, and Oliver goes off to school wearing his trusty blue baseball cap-a masterful plan, except that it's class picture day. Palatini's lengthy, hilarious text, which appears in jagged frames that suggest the boy's mounting anxiety, is filled with her signature alliteration and familiar expressions like "Been there. Done that," "a done deal," and "Zero. Zilch. Nada." It will take little persuasion to have children chime in on the "B-B-B-BOING!"s every time Oliver's hair does its thing. The zany cartoon-style illustrations, executed in colored pencil, acrylic, dye, and ink, appear on large double-page spreads with small white borders. Many of them depict Oliver's oversized head, hair flying in all directions, and his family trying to effect a cure. From the shocked expression on Oliver's face on the cover and the bathroom-tile-covered endpapers to the scene of the boy's terrible discovery and the wacky remedies that follow, this is a delightful combination of text and pictures that will have readers coming back for more.
Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Xeneri on June 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Ever have a bad hair day? Of course you have....but not as bad as Oliver's.......
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By teryl sawosik on December 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My son turned me on to this book thanks to his pre-school class. His class begs for it to be read...over and over and over. The quirky illustrations and the riotously funny text make for a surefire winner. My son squeals with delight while we read it. A great lively book to share with a child.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
A simply fabulously funny book about waking up with the worse bad-hair day ever.
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'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Jensen on March 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My daughter really likes this book. It actually is our second from this author/illustrator. The first is "Sweet Tooth". We really enjoy "Bedhead" and my daughter gets a kick out of how funny it's written and the art work is great. Although I have to admit, we absolutely love "Sweet Tooth" the best.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Misha on January 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Readers of my other reviews will know that my kids can be the toughest critics there are. This book was a slight exception - they loved it from cover to cover. On the other hand, I wasn't quite so easily moved.
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Arena TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
Oliver is having a bad hair day, on the worst day anyone could imagine -- class picture day! As the entire family soon discovers this is no ordinary bad hair day, it is "major" and "total!" Water, hairspray, brush, comb, mousse and gel are all useless against Oliver's bedhead.

You may think that a hat will solve Oliver's problem, but he soon discovers that hats are not permitted on class picture day. Kids howl at the great illustrations and crazily repetitive lines. Parents and grandparents had better get used to it, because there will be demands to hear Bedhead over and over and over again.

Very cute. (Give it several extra stars if Mom or Grandma is a hairdresser.)
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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. It's just very funny and helps him realize that he needs to brush his hair.
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By Adahh Levin on January 7, 2014
Format: School & Library Binding Verified Purchase
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.
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