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The Unexpectedly Bad Hair of Barcelona Smith Hardcover – May 18, 2006
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Kindergarten-Grade 3–Barcelona Smith never takes risks. He avoids roses for fear of thorns, playgrounds for fear of injury, animals for fear of germs, and smiling for fear of flying bugs. The colorful and wacky illustrations depict a severe boy in outlandish attire complete with safety goggles, a life jacket, an umbrella, and a protective helmet resting atop about four feet of thick, carefully coiffed blue hair. But one humid day, that hair develops a mind of its own: Every follicle fooped. Before Barcelona can take any precautions, the tresses take control and have him out the door riding a bike, climbing monkey bars, smelling roses, and, finally, with reckless disregard for flying bugs, even smiling. Rendered in acrylics, the large and exaggerated cartoons complement the text's wry humor. A fun choice for group settings.–Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
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Top customer reviews
The story itself, as well as the illustrations are witty and charming. I loved the description of activities Barcelona felt were too risky such as smelling roses, playing on playgrounds, or having a pet. Children will find this book really funny and will get a kick out of Barcelona's wacky hair.