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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; 1st edition (January 1, 1900)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786800798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786800797
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,745,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A younger generation gets a hair-raising helping of classic kitsch, courtesy of the B-52's. Adapted from a song on the group's 1986 album Bouncing off the Satellites, the book celebrates hairy headgear as men, women and children alike cover their pates with tall wigs, curly wigs, flowered wigs and indescribably weird wigs. There is no plot, just fanciful impressions of lyrics like "Carol's fall fell/ Bubba's got a big bouffant on." Outlandishly coiffed characters stroll past a theater marquee advertising Hair ("Next week: The Braid-y Bunch"); a green-tressed fellow puns, "Fred bought his hairpiece at the thrift store-you know why? Because he didn't want TO PAY" (those who miss the joke are clued in by a "Toupee Special" sign). The authors have rearranged the song's verses, interrupting the original rhythm, but only ardent bouncing-ball followers will object. In debut illustrator Levine's cartoonish acrylic paintings, strong diagonal lines and undiluted colors convey a buoyant, extroverted spirit; varying typefaces and creatively placed text increase the eye-boggling effect. This volume could easily prompt a dress-up session-or even a trip to what the B-52's call "the neon side of town." All ages.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3-The lyrics to the B-52's song "Wig" (from the 1986 album Bouncing Off the Satellites), illustrated in a zany style. The year is 2525 and everyone is heading to the "...neon side of town." "Julia's got a wig, Phyllis has a wig...Carol's fall fell, Bubba's got a big bouffant on." The hairdos are checkered, spiraled, flowered, purple, green-one sports a fish bowl; another is shaped like a birthday cake, yet another like a Christmas tree. Bright acrylic illustrations are done in a pop-cartoon style; a variety of typefaces adds to the dazzling art. Levine accurately captures the flavor of the group's music. Still, the audience for this title remains a mystery. It has no plot or substance. The humor ("Fred bought his hairpiece at a thrift store...because he didn't want TO PAY!") might appeal to older readers, but the only people who will really appreciate this book are hard-core B-52's fans and their kids.?Helen Rosenberg, Chicago Public Library, IL
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I loved WIG when I first got it for my nephew, who was then three years old. I thought it was wonderful and whimsical and fabulously offbeat. He toted it around happily for a year, until it was largely shredded. When he outgrew it, I snatched it back for my own collection.
I never imagined what I would later do with it.
Three years ago, a close friend was diagnosed with breast cancer; sadly, she had two young children. Chemo quickly knocked out all of her hair and she got a wig. I visited them and brought this marvelous book. Her children adored it instantly! It demystified her wig, which had scared them, and it converted wig-dom into a funky shared adventure.
A second friend -- with a two-year old -- was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and, likewise, lost her hair and bought a wig. I rushed a copy of WIG to them. Magic! This child also adores the book and asks to have it read again and again. Her mothers' wig is now a source of shared pleasure, instead of an unwanted intrusion.
WIG can't take the cancer away, but it surely cheers little ones who find themselves living this bad dream. May this book have a long life, for those in sickness and in health!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary A. Mazzocco on November 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My 2-year-old loves this book and can recite many of the pages from memory. I wonder if we're warping her little mind or if future pre-school teachers will wonder why "bouffant" is part of her vocabulary, but figure it will all turn out for the best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mweitz@warmwind.com on February 17, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Our two year old loves Wig, he asks for it by name, often. It has no definite story line, so is readily adaptable, but has wild and distinguishing illustrations which has made it easy for him to learn. It is the first book in which he can tell the whole story, every page. Plus, it's way cool.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Levine's entertaining and quirky illustrations to the song "Wig!" by the B-52's are a perfect compliment. How else could a song that expresses so much pure fun translate into paper? Levine's book is surely a work of art. Especially if you don't have kids, you owe yourself this energetic spectacle for your library or coffee table. It's also a great gift for a B-52 fan.
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