Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Do not give this book the brush off......




Quote of the Day:


"You're off to great places,
Today is your day.
Your mountain is waiting,
So get on your way."
       
             -Dr. Suess









                                     Title:  The Girl Who Wouldn't Brush Her Hair
                                     Author:  Kate Bernheimer
                                     Illustrator:  Jake Parker
                                     Ages:  4-8

I loved this book.  The digitally coloured illustrations were perfect and brought the storyline to life.  All the details in each picture were just delightful to peruse.  A little girl with beautiful, long hair  refuses to brush it because she says, "It's just her way."  Her hair gets matted and tangled and a mouse decides it is the perfect spot for nesting and perhaps a perfect spot for a permanent home.  Word gets out that there is a mouse in hair-residence, so the other mice decide to try their luck to see if there is "room for one more."  The final count of the squatters is one hundred.  One hundred pesky rodents who tell her knock-knock jokes, set up a film projector to watch movies and even concoct a cheese cellar.  These little inhabitants become unruly and bossy, even demanding she cease from bathing because they cannot swim.  The little girl finds because of her unkempt and unsanitary state her friends at school and even her parents step away from her. Finally she makes the big decision that she wants her old, hygienic life back, washes her mice-infested hair and gives herself a good scrub in the tub to regain her fastidiousness and her sanity.  What will happen to her mice tenants?  Will they find a place to reside other than her long, silky locks?  Does the story have a "and they all lived happily ever after ending?" I suggest you get a copy and find out the demise of the annoying, furry little critters. The book is a fun read and kids will love the plot and especially the visuals. Who wouldn't want your own animated mousecapades scurrying around in your hair, something that can add some excitement to your boring life?  I wouldn't that's who...makes my head crawl and itch just to think about it.  But it makes a perfect tale to spin to children and they will love it. 



 














About the author:


I loved this book.  The digitally coloured illustrations were perfect and brought the storyline to life.  All the details in each picture were just delightful to peruse.  A little girl with beautiful, long hair  refuses to brush it because she says, "It's just her way."  Her hair gets matted and tangled and a mouse decides it is the perfect spot for nesting and perhaps a perfect spot for a permanent home.  Word gets out that there is a mouse in hair-residence, so the other mice decide to try their luck to see if there is "room for one more."  The final count of the squatters is one hundred.  One hundred pesky rodents who tell her knock-knock jokes, set up a film projector to watch movies and even concoct a cheese cellar.  These little inhabitants become unruly and bossy, even demanding she cease from bathing because they cannot swim.  The little girl finds because of her unkempt and unsanitary state her friends at school and even her parents step away from her. Finally she makes the big decision that she wants her old, hygienic life back, washes her mice-infested hair and gives herself a good scrub in the tub to regain her fastidiousness and her sanity.  What will happen to her mice tenants?  Will they find a place to reside other than her long, silky locks?  Does the story have a "and they all lived happily ever after ending?" I suggest you get a copy and find out the demise of the annoying, furry little critters. The book is a fun read and kids will love the plot and especially the visuals. Who wouldn't want your own animated mousecapades scurrying around in your hair, something that can add some excitement to your boring life?  I wouldn't that's who...makes my head crawl and itch just to think about it.  But it makes a perfect tale to spin to children and they will love it. 


About the Illustrator:



Hi, I'm Jake Parker, an illustrator based in Utah. For the last 15 years I've worked on everything from animated films to comics to picture books. I've lived in six states, working at the best studios with the most amazing and talented people in the country. Now I freelance out of my home studio.
Below is a list of projects and companies I've been affiliated with.

Published work

The Girl Who Wouldn't Brush Her Hair (Schwartz & Wade, Random House)
Apples A to Z (Scholastic)
The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man (Balzer + Bray, Harper Collins)
Missile Mouse: Rescue on Tankium3 (Graphix, Scholastic)
Missile Mouse: The Star Crusher (Graphix, Scholastic)
Out of Picture 2 (Random House)
Flight Explorer (Random House)
Flight 1 and 2 (Random House)
Nick Magazine (Nickelodeon)

Film Work

Titan A.E. (Fox Animation Studios, 2000)




Book Review Rating:  8 (Fantastic!)




Read on and read always!  May your day bring you great books to read!
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