Big Wig

Paula Wiseman/S. & S./. Feb. 2022. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534487710.
K-Gr 2–Meet Wig, a sparkling and shiny hair piece owned by B.B. Bedazzle, a young white child with short hair who is only given a pronoun when “she” is in full drag. B.B.’s confidence soars when wearing Wig, and together the duo are planning to compete in a local Big Wig Ball. Upon arrival, B.B. and Wig are in awe of the other competitors’ wigs—causing their spirits to deflate. Wig flies off of B.B.’s head, landing on the heads, one by one, of some of the diverse audience members; each person who dons Wig is inspired to pursue their dreams and be a more true version of themselves. Before long, Wig returns to B.B., and the pair earn their prize. The bright, bold illustrations are a major standout. Readers may be confused by some elements of the story, such as the perspective, which shifts from B.B. to Wig throughout, as well as the lack of back matter or information on the art and culture of drag.
VERDICT This upbeat, rhyming story will appeal to readers who enjoy playing dress up, even if they are unfamiliar with drag queens or pageants, for its celebratory message of embracing individuality and self-confidence. An additional purchase for larger collections.

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