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Franny B. Kranny, There's a Bird in Your Hair! Hardcover – April 24, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 330L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 24, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060246839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060246839
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #965,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Franny B. Kranny marches to the beat of a different hairdresser. When her family encourages her to cut her long, frizzy, troublemaking red hair, she refuses outright. She loves her hair. And when, before the big family reunion, a hairdresser tries to tame her mop, piling it in a heap on top of her head, Franny seethes and schemes. But then something funny happens on the way home. A bird lands in Franny's hair, and she decides the fancy new hairdo isn't so bad after all. The snuggled-down bird presents some technical difficulties: getting into bed and taking a bath, for example. But when Franny turns out to be the hit of the family party, and her formerly disapproving parents and sister change their tune, this individualist does an about-face yet again!

Authors (and sisters) Harriet Lerner and Susan Goldhor previously teamed up on What's So Terrible About Swallowing an Apple Seed?. In their latest endeavor, they create an appealing heroine and a thoroughly delightful, funny story that will have young readers everywhere daring to be different. World-renowned, award-winning illustrator Helen Oxenbury depicts with great humor the fiercely independent redhead, her mother (who has her own bizarre 'do), her prissy, sleek-haired sis, and the rest of the Kranny clan. (Ages 4 to 7) --Emilie Coulter

From Publishers Weekly

Lerner and Goldhor, the sisters behind What's So Terrible About Swallowing an Apple Seed? reunite for a well-trod tale of a girl who marches to her own drummer. Joining a rash of recent picture books about unruly hair, this volume also features a heroine who likes her locks. Despite occasional inconveniences (getting caught in refrigerator doors, making her schoolmates sneeze, etc.), "Franny B. Kranny loved her long, frizzy hair," and resolutely resists attempts to cut it. However, when she's carted off to be coiffed for a family reunion, the hairdresser piles her carrot-colored curls atop her head and, on the way home, a bird takes up residence there ("You look like a birdbrain!" says her sister). Naturally, contrary Franny insists on letting her feathered guest stay and, bracingly self-confident as ever, swans into the party, where she's soon basking in attention including that of a news crew. Oxenbury's humorous, cartoonish illustrations nail every detail, from the flashy Mrs. Kranny's perfect manicure to the contrast between free-spirited Franny and her goody-two-shoes sister. Ages 4-8.

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Franny will become a classic!
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This is a book that my kids will read over and over.
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Helen Oxenbury's illustrations are brilliant!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on July 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Franny B Kranny loved her long red frizzy hair even if it was always getting stuck in things and causing trouble. So when her mother drags her to the hairdresser before a family reunion, she isn't happy. The hairdresser does his best to pin it up and make it look neat, while Franny schemes to undo his work as soon as she's out of the chair. But as she leaves the salon, a bird lands on her head, snuggles down in her hair and calls it home. Her family is appalled, but Franny is thrilled and very careful not to disturb the bird even sleeping upright in a chair. The next day at the reunion, Franny's family is so embarrassed they keep their distance. But the rest of her relatives are fascinated and Franny soon becomes the center of attention. Pretty soon, her family comes around and agrees that she has the most wonderful head of hair and should never cut it. And that's when Franny surprises everyone..... The dynamic team of Harriet Lerner and Susan Goldhor have written a marvelous story about an individual who dares to be different and really knows her own mind. Their charming, witty text is complemented by Helen Oxenbury's bright, expressive and humorous illustrations that really captures the essence of strong willed Franny and the rest of her unusual family. Both children and adults will be laughing out loud at the antics of this wonderful little girl. Perfect for youngsters 4-8, Franny B Kranny, There's a Bird in your Hair is a treasure and a book kids want to read again and again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patty Demant on April 19, 2003
Format: Hardcover
this is a favorite with my class of 3-5 year olds. They like the idea of a bird making a nest in Franny's hair and I like the relatioinships between family members, the independent attitude of Franny and the choices she makes. Please consider adding this to your library and reading it often. It is a gem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Courson on August 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The fun that I had in reading this to my three-year old daughter was inspiring her to tolerate getting her hair combed. She just hates getting her hair done, and now on days when her long hair is especially entangled - we check to see if she has "Frannie B. Kranny" hair. We got outside and see if a bird will land in her hair. We laugh, and then she is O-K with getting her hair combed, and then we feed the birds in our backyard.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Da_Cats_meow on August 6, 2012
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I loved this little story. It has just enough detail on the pictures to keep the attention of a child to read the short paragraphs. There is repetition but I wish it was more than a name. The repetition helps memory and kids that are beginning to read.

This little story of a little girl who loves her frizzy crazy hair and doesn't want a haircut is so cute and appeals to my child who also hates having her hair fixed just right. If hair brushing is a problem this may help your child to get through it.

Very cute story with a purpose.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By midwesternfamilyof6 on September 27, 2011
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This is an excellent book, and one little girls will love. Its entertaining enough to read to a child, or for the child who has learned to read...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I liked three things in this book. I liked in the book how when the person who never smiled fed the bird a peanut, it made him smile. I also liked when the bald guy couldn't bring home his favorite pigeon from the park it would slide off his head. And I liked how Franny's hair was piled up on her head.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matt Smith on May 21, 2001
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Franny B. Kranny with her wild frizzy hair will win the heart of any reader, adult or child! It's my daughter's favorite book. There's also an extra surprise you have to catch on the inside of the back cover. Helen Oxenbury's illustrations are brilliant!
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