Aaron's Hair

Robert N. Munsch, Author, Lea Daniel, Illustrator, Alan Daniel, Illustrator
Robert N. Munsch, Author, Lea Daniel, Illustrator, Alan Daniel, Illustrator Scholastic $11.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-439-19258-3
Reviewed on: 07/31/2000
Release date: 09/01/2000
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-7569-1264-2
Hardcover - 29 pages - 978-0-439-98716-5
Paperback - 26 pages - 978-0-439-38848-1
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The creators of Get Out of Bed! here offer a rather rootless tale about what happens when a boy, frustrated with his unruly tresses, yells, ""Hair, I hate you!"" The phrase becomes a refrain as Aaron's hair, its feelings hurt, jumps off his head and affixes itself to various people's body parts, beginning with the head of his baby sibling and including a woman's navel and a man's behind, and finally proceeds to a policeman who can't see to direct traffic when the hair flies onto his face. When each victim yells, ""Hair, I hate you!"" the hair heads on its way. Though this repetitive refrain and the story's broad humor may attract a few kids, most will find this feckless fare. The illustrators exploit the tale's outlandish visual potential to the level of slapstick sitcom, creating cartoon-style watercolors of Aaron's 1960s-holdover family as well as a Deadhead motorcyclist and a hippie on inline skates. Far from one of this storyteller's glossiest performances. Ages 3-6. (Sept.)
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