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Stanley Birdbaum's elementary school celebrates all sorts of madcap, made-up holidays from Pajama Day to Crazy Hair Day. Stanley is particularly excited about the latter, and one Friday, he and his mom have a wonderful time crafting his kooky coiffure. Using not one but two cans of Halloween hair spray (blue and orange) and plenty of rubber bands, the daring duo creates a masterpiece: "'This,' he said, 'is going to be a day I will never forget.'" That turns out to be true, but not for the reasons Stanley suspects. When he walks into class, all spiky and striped and ready to go, he hears his teacher reminding everyone that Crazy Hair Day is next Friday. Today, in fact, is School Picture Day. Stanley, now sick, runs to the bathroom and doesn't come out, even when his best friend Larry Finchfeather tries to persuade him.

Exiled, he eats his lunch, draws pictures, experiments with toilet flushing, and counts drops of water from a leaky faucet. He finally decides to risk more ridicule and get his picture taken with the class. Fortunately, it does prove to be a day Stanley will never forget, because his classmates surprise him by wearing silly, makeshift hats for the school picture that make him and his crazy hair feel right at home. Saltzberg's sweetly comical illustrations suit this engaging, eventually uplifting tale that shows how kids can be unforgettably cruel and unforgettably kind...all in the same day! (Ages 5 and older) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-A crackerjack read-aloud with a great finish. Stanley is ready for Crazy Hair Day at school. He gets up early, his mother helps him create a spiky tricolored wonder, and off he goes to discover that Crazy Hair Day is the following Friday and today is School Picture Day. After his friend Larry teases him, an embarrassed Stanley hides in the bathroom. Larry tries to talk him out in time for the picture but Stanley is afraid he'll "look like the class weirdo." Once he realizes that he wants to be in the photo, he returns to the classroom, only to find everyone with a crazy hairdo. The pencil, ink, and acrylic illustrations support the text beautifully. Although their species is not clear, the animal characters resemble aardvarkian Arthur. This delightful tale of confusion and compassion is just the ticket to prepare for special days or defuse potential teasing if someone should arrive in the right getup on the wrong day.
Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (March 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763624640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763624644
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.1 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

BARNEY SALTZBERG is the author-illustrator of the successful Kisses series, Beautiful Oops, Crazy Hair Day and his most recent title Arlo Needs Glasses, he also writes and performs music for children.

www.barneysaltzberg.com

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Stanley Birdbaum enjoys all the special days his class commemorates-Pajama Day, Twin Day, Sixties Day. So he goes all out for Crazy Hair Day, using rubber bands, styling gel and two cans of colored Halloween hair spray to fashion a row of blue and orange spikes.
When Stanley arrives at school, he learns that Crazy Hair Day is NEXT Friday. Today is School Picture Day.
Mortified, Stanley hides out in the bathroom. When his buddy finally coaxes him out, Stanley learns his class has devised a way to make him feel part of the class photo.
A great story about being "the-odd-one-out" and enduring teasing, and of friendship and classmate solidarity!
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This story explores one version of the kinds of nightmares that insecure people have: going to school half-dressed, having to take a final exam for a course that you've never attended, showing up to a party on the wrong day. The anxious among us can relate to coming to school with the perfect crazy hair on the wrong day--picture day. The story uses humor and silliness to deal with the topics of embarrassment, friendship, and compassion. While the character's peers initially react like real kids would, with some good direction, they mitigate the little guy's embarrassment. If only we were all so lucky as to have this little guy's teacher and friends when we make a social mistake.
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We love this book in our house. The story is wonderful. The pictures are darling. The message is terrific! [[ASIN:0763624640 Crazy Hair Day
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By Bookworm on October 18, 2005
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This is a wonderful story about taking a risk that didn't pay off, at least at first. Stanley felt horrible after going all out for crazy hair day on the WRONG day. His classmates put Stanley's feelings ahead of their own embarrassment and their friendship saves the day!
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I was disappointed with this picture book. It read more like a magazine article. It's a cute idea and I love school stories. I taught for 35 years! But it didn't ring true to me. Would a teacher really let Stanley stay in the bathroom by himself for that extended time? I don't think so. I do like the idea that the class shows a sort of kindness by all making their hair "crazy" to make Stanley feel better. But again, is that the best solution? It certainly invites a class discussion of what children think are other possible solutions. And that's a good thing.
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By Celeste on February 14, 2015
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Cutest book ever! The main character comes to school thinking that it is Crazy Hair Day and he is stunned to find out that Crazy Hair Day is the following week and today is picture day! He hides in the bathroom until he is finally convinced to come out, only to find that all his classmates have come to his rescue and all have crazy hair too. This is a touching book to show that kids can help their friends when the going gets rough.
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I love this book. What a wonderful lesson for kids! The boy gets confused and comes to school with his hair all done up with colored spray, but it crazy hair day is next week. This week is class picture day. He is totally humiliated, until the whole class comes to get their picture taken with crazy things on their heads. What would the world be like if we would all bend ourselves to making our friends feel good?
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This is a wonderful children's book about how to stick up for one's friends and to make them feel included. It is a nice story about those awkward moments of childhood and how they can be eased by both children and adults.
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