cover image Birdie’s Big-Girl Hair

Birdie’s Big-Girl Hair

Sujean Rim. Little, Brown, $17 (40p) ISBN 978-0-316-22791-9

Birdie, who tried out “big-girl” dresses and shoes in her previous picture books, struggles to find the perfect look after waking up with “extra unruly” hair one morning. With a salon appointment set, Birdie scours magazines and interviews her friends for ideas, giving Rim the opportunity to picture Birdie in coifs that nod to such style icons as Audrey, Farrah—and Leia. Rim’s blend of painting and fabric collage continue to strike a smart balance between fulfilling Birdie’s chic fantasies and allowing her to be herself, a point driven home in the final pages when Birdie’s mother reminds her that her play-tousled ’do “looks like YOU!” Ages 3–6. Agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (Feb.)