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Big Wig: A Little History of Hair Hardcover – August 1, 2011

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PW says that Kathleen Krull "knows exactly how to captivate her audience" by combining historical particulars with "amusing anecdotes that put flesh and blood on dry literary bones." Her subjects range from music to science to sports, but her books are consistently smart and incredible fun to read. She lives in San Diego, California.

Peter Malone is the illustrator of HOW MANY MILES TO BETHLEHEM by Kevin Crossley-Holland and many other gorgeous books for children. This is his first opportunity to let his prodigious sense of humor shine through. He lives in Bath, England.

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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 930L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books; First Edition edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439676401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439676403
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,074,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hair--we're all obsessed with it, to one degree or another. But how many of us spend time thinking about the history of hair? Veteran non-fiction writer Kathleen Krull does--her first "book", written when she was ten, was called "Hair-Dos and People I Know," a collection of hair-dos of all kinds.

So it should be no surprise that her newest book looks at the history of hairstyles, and of those individuals who "made history with their hair." In the beginning, she reminds us, "everyone is furry." But over the centuries fur coats grow smaller and smaller, until they're mainly on top for sun protection. Now we've got hair instead of fur. Krull touches briefly on many hair related topics in chronological order, from the evolution of hair color (how and why did a cavewoman wind up with blonde hair?) to Egyptians who shaved their heads to get rid of bugs but then wore wigs to protect their heads from the hot sun, to punk rockers' Mohawks and Dorothy Hamill's wedge cut. Kids will especially relish descriptions of all kinds of disgusting-sounding early hair products. Did you know "goat pee" and "pigeon poop" were early remedies to get rid of baldness? Cleopatra recommended a blend of horse teeth and deer marrow, mixed with toasted mice, to her bald lover, Julius Caesar. Avocado, bear grease, and butter were used in various time periods to make hair soft and shiny. Flour helped powder wigs for 17th and 18th century aristocrats, and Marie Antoinette and her friends sported huge hair-dos adorned with everything from miniature ships to birdcages and toys.

Back matter includes "hair extensions," providing further details about hair in each of the time periods portrayed in the text as well as a bibliography with other sources suitable both for young readers and adults.
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As I read this book, I confess, there were parts where I wrinkled my nose and went, ewwwh. I found it kind of gross to read about the use of animals droppings in one's hair. I thought to myself, well, it's a good thing we don't do that now. And then the humbling thought came, are we really any different in the amount of time and effort we put in to fixing up or caring for our hair? I would have to say no. All one has to do is walk down the hair care aisle at a store to realize that we are just as fussy about our hair, dying, shampooing, conditioning, highlighting. The products we use may be different, but we are just as vain as those who came before. This book would be fun to share with students. I am always looking for history books to use with my students that demonstrate how interesting history can be. This one makes a good addition to that list. Recommended for students who enjoy learning about some of the odd behaviors of the past.
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The illustrations in this book will knock your socks off.

I think the book starts too early. People aren't monkeys, and cave ladies going blonde ...these pages aren't relevant to the rest of the book. I guess they are supposed to be funny, or show some more of these amazing illustrations, but meh.

Once you get going from culture to culture and hairstyle to hairstyle, the book is enjoyable.

And wow! These illustrations. Wow.
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