Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Big Bouffant

Big Bouffant

Kate Hosford
Illustrator:  Holly Clifton-Brown 
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Lerner, 2011   ISBN: 978-0761354093

It is the first day of school, and Annabelle is much disheartened when she sees that the girls in her class all have “ponytails and braids.” She decides that what her class needs is “some fashion” and “some fun,” so she sets out to find a hairdo that will bring a little pizzazz into her classroom.

When she gets home, Annabelle notices a photograph of her grandmother who has “a marvelous tower of hair.” Annabelle begs her mother to arrange her hair in a bouffant that is as big as possible. Her mother responds by creating several other dos for Annabelle, none of which satisfy the little girl. Clearly, if she wants a bouffant, she is going to have to “do it myself,” which is when Annabelle finds out that it is not easy to create a bouffant that does not fall down, slip, or tip. Who knew that it would be so hard to create a fashionable hairstyle.

This charming picture book with its delightful rhymes and its unique multimedia illustrations, is a tribute to all those young people who have the courage to be different and creative. They dare to follow their inclinations, and make the world a more colorful and interesting place in the process.