Birdie's Big-Girl Hair

illus. by author. 40p. (Birdie Series). Little, Brown. Feb. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780316227919. LC 2012039921.
K-Gr 2—Birdie's days of living with unruly hair are coming to an end. When her mom suggests a new hairstyle, she turns to her friends and mom's fashion magazines for advice. Spikes, bobs, and chignons don't feel right, though, and the cut she receives at the salon leaves her feeling only temporarily happy. When her new coif is flattened by the rain, Birdie is sad. "'Mommy,' she cries, 'It doesn't look like yours anymore.'" Little girls who like to mimic their mothers will be thankful to hear the reassuring words Birdie receives about individuality and self-acceptance. Rim's (Birdie's Big-Girl Dress, Birdie's Big-Girl Shoes) collage illustrations add interesting patterns and texture to the page. Share this book with young Fancy Nancy and Pinkalicious fans.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Birdie needs a haircut and wants a new look. She spends most of the book agonizing about what look to try; the adorable mixed-media art has Birdie with Betty Draper, Holly Golightly, Princess Leia, and Farrah Fawcett dos. Though this third Birdie vehicle will be relatable and appealing to a fashionista readership, the "be yourself" message feels rather obligatory.

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