FICTION

Bad Hair Day

S. & S. (Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist: Bk. 8). Jul. 2019. 112p. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781534413375.
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Gr 1-3–Adventurous, creative, and “mad” scientist Franny K. Stein first balks at her mother’s suggestion that the fledgling inventor could improve her appearance by doing “kooky stuff” like dress nicely, fix her hair, and wear makeup. Then, industrious Franny sees an opportunity when she recalls that science is about exploring the unknown; and, what could be more perplexing than cosmetics? Franny and her canine lab assistant, Igor, get busy inventing new and improved beauty products like a bazooka that shoots makeup directly onto faces and shoes that grow long spiky heels. However, things get out of hand when Franny’s miraculous hair-growing formula turns her regular pigtails into two out-of-control wild pigs made of purple hair! This zany tale will please readers familiar with Franny’s antics. Black-and-white illustrations on every page enhance the silly story.
VERDICT A tale of wild science packed with plenty of tongue-in-cheek puns that will earn a chuckle from emerging chapter book readers

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