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Aaron's hair
Munsch, Robert N., 1945-
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, [2000]

Physical Description:
29 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
When Aaron hurts his hair's feelings by saying he hates it, his hair runs away and jumps onto other people and into trouble.
General Note:
"Cartwheel Books."
Reading Level:
190 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.4 0.5 51654.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.9 2 Quiz: 21686 Guided reading level: M.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Author Notes

Robert Munsch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 11, 1945. He received an undergraduate degree in history and a master's degree in anthropology. While studying to be a Jesuit priest, he worked part-time at an orphanage. He decided he liked working with children and left the Jesuits after 7 years to work in a daycare center. He studied for a year at the Elliot Pearson School of Child Studies at Tufts University. He ended up at a lab preschool at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario and eventually became a Canadian citizen.

While working at a daycare center and telling stories to children, he realized that storytelling was what he loved to do and eventually he started writing the stories down. His first published title was Mud Puddle. He has written over 50 books including Love You Forever, Mortimer, Angela's Airplane, Andrew's Loose Tooth, Stephanie's Ponytail, Moira's Birthday, and Put Me in a Book.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The creators of Get Out of Bed! here offer a rather rootless tale about what happens when a boy, frustrated with his unruly tresses, yells, "Hair, I hate you!" The phrase becomes a refrain as Aaron's hair, its feelings hurt, jumps off his head and affixes itself to various people's body parts, beginning with the head of his baby sibling and including a woman's navel and a man's behind, and finally proceeds to a policeman who can't see to direct traffic when the hair flies onto his face. When each victim yells, "Hair, I hate you!" the hair heads on its way. Though this repetitive refrain and the story's broad humor may attract a few kids, most will find this feckless fare. The illustrators exploit the tale's outlandish visual potential to the level of slapstick sitcom, creating cartoon-style watercolors of Aaron's 1960s-holdover family as well as a Deadhead motorcyclist and a hippie on inline skates. Far from one of this storyteller's glossiest performances. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Growing totally frustrated with his unruly mop of tangles, Aaron declares that he hates his hair. The insulted locks take off, with the bald boy in pursuit. The chase leads downtown where the runaway mane causes much disruption by attaching itself to various people and to a famous statue. Finally, hair and boy are reunited although whether the blond curls will stay on top of his head or imitate his father's beard is still in question. The watercolor illustrations help evoke the turmoil described, but the joke goes on way too long. The theme has been mined recently in Dawn Lesley Stewart's Harriet's Horrible Hair Day (Peachtree, 2000), Lindsay Lee Johnson's Hurricane Henrietta (Dial, 1998), and Carolivia Herron's Nappy Hair (Knopf, 1997). Perhaps die-hard Munsch fans will want to see this title, but most readers won't miss it.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.