Cover image for Baghead
Krosoczka, Jarrett.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Josh hides the bad haircut he gave himself by wearing a bag on his head, until his sister has a better idea.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.8 0.5 64280.

Format :


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Newstead Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Collins Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Eggertsville-Snyder Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Lackawanna Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Lancaster Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Williamsville Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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From the author of Good Night, Monkey Boy , the hilarious tale of a haircut gone awry!
One day Josh had a big, brown bag idea: to wear a paper bag over his head. He thought it was a good idea. His mother did not. Neither did his bus driver, his teacher, or his soccer coach. What could Josh possibly be hiding?
A surprise ending will keep kids giggling--and from taking haircuts into their own hands!

Author Notes

Jarrett J. Krosoczka is a New York Times best-selling author/ illustrator. Two-time winner of the Children's Choice Book Awards Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS^-Gr. 2. The premise is pretty simple: What would happen if a kid went around with a bag on his head for a day? That's exactly what Josh decides to do as he cuts holes for his eyes and mouth in a paper sack and then is greeted by his mom, bus driver, and teachers, who tell him that he can't function with a bag on his head. Josh's answers to the skeptics are featured on double-page spreads, showing him eating his breakfast, riding on his school bus, delivering a book report, and playing soccer, all with his sack headgear. At the story's conclusion, it's revealed that a self-administered haircut is the reason for the bag, and Josh's sister slathers on plenty of hair gel to provide a solution to the problem. Krosoczka vigorously applies the paint in a series of funny pictures that captures Josh making it through his day. Holes in the brown dust jacket allow two eyes to peer out from the front cover of this offbeat, humorous book. --Todd Morning

Publisher's Weekly Review

When Josh insists on wearing a brown paper bag over his head all day, the grownups around him go a bit crazy. "How do you plan to play like that?" asks his soccer coach, a demand that Krosoczka (Good Night, Monkey Boy) renders in imposing handwritten letters. But throughout the day, and in the face of a panoply of authority figures, Josh's resolve not to be unmasked remains as immutable as the three-hole (two for the eyes, one for the mouth) expression on his bag face. The hero's successful acts of insubordination (he makes three goals in soccer, for instance) attest to Krosoczka's sympathy for his audience, who will readily identify with Josh. The saturated, deliberate brushstrokes make the most of Josh's tenaciousness, and the hero's peppy stride and confident stance transforms the paper bag's goofiness into a kind of jaunty cheek. Just when readers may begin to think that Josh could sustain his baghead faade indefinitely, his little sister pops the one question no adult has bothered to ask: "Why are you wearing a bag, Josh?" For the first time, Josh reveals himself, along with the answer: a do-it-yourself haircut. That same compassionate sister brings about the happy ending in the form of a spiky new 'do (thanks to her pink mega-hold styling gel). Ages 4-7. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-From a brown, flecked dust jacket with two cut-out circles, a pair of eyes stares out at readers. At first, it is not clear why Josh chooses to go through the day-eating breakfast, giving his book report, and playing soccer-with a paper bag over his head. The adults think he won't be able to function, but the child even manages to score three goals. In the end, Josh reveals his motivation-a do-it-yourself haircut. His little sister proposes an alternate solution: "a very cool, spiky, mega-hold gel idea." Quirky caricatures rendered in thick, layered brush strokes are accompanied by short sentences in a childlike font. Curiosity will be piqued by the cover, although the story doesn't sustain interest over multiple readings. A novelty purchase, with programming potential.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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