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Aug 20 2015

Hair Disaster by Yvette Poshoglian

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Ill. by Danielle McDonald. Ella and Olivia series. Scholastic Australia, 2015. ISBN: 9781743627426
(Age: 6+) (Reading Ages: 6-7) Recommended. Themes: Family Life, Ballet, Brothers and Sisters, Hair. Older sister Ella is excited about her Friday night ballet concert as she has the starring role of Sleeping Beauty. Mrs Fry her ballet teacher has asked all the dancers to come with their hair and makeup already done. To prepare, Ella and Olivia decide to practice putting on makeup and styling hair in the bathroom at home. Younger brother Max is shut out and so is their hairy golden retriever Bob. Their first time just involves, red lipstick, sparkly eyeshadow and lots of fun. Ella even teaches Olivia some ballet steps using the bathroom towel rail. Their second session in the bathroom, however, involves Olivia using Mum's nail scissors to create a new hairstyle for her sister with a rather dramatic result. Dad and Mum are a bit surprised and Mum's creativity is needed for Sleeping Beauty to sparkle on her big night.
Yvette Poshoglian continues to positively engage her young readers in this delightful series about family life and everyday situations. Danielle McDonald charming sketches capably show both the hair disaster and hair triumph moments.
Rhyllis Bignell

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