Wally Does Not Want a Haircut

illus. by Amanda Driscoll. 32p. Knopf. Jul. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780553535792.
PreS-K—Wally the woolly lamb has a very impressive coat—one he is proud of and does not want trimmed. However, his hair becomes a hindrance from time to time. It often causes him to trip and tumble, and, sadly, it blocks him from hugging his mother. One day, Mama decides that she has waited long enough and declares that today is the day that Wally will get shorn. Even the sound of the shears sends Wally into a tizzy. With the help of a few barnyard friends with fancy new "dos," and an inconvenient mishap, Wally concedes and gets his hair cut after all. This is a story that many children will relate to, and it will have them rooting for Wally from the very beginning. Plus, the joy of Wally's realization that the haircut wasn't so bad after all is a relief to everyone. The text is full of terrific vocabulary that is not watered down for the audience, and the brightly painted, full-page illustrations are appealing and comical.
VERDICT Full of alliteration, rhyme, and onomatopoeia, this humorous and cheerful picture book will be a fun read-aloud for the younger crowd.

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