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Oct 05 2017

Scary hairy party by Claire Freedman

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Ill. by Sue Hendra. Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781408867174
(Age: 4+) Recommended. Halloween, Monsters, Party, Rhyming story. In four line stanzas, the story unfolds of a group of animals invited to Monster's house at 3 pm. They must all dress up to go to the party, and go to Raymond's hair salon to make themselves perfect.
But here they run into problems, Raymond makes their hair look fabulous, but accidents happen that mess up their hairstyles. Bella the sheep looks lovely until Raymond uses so much hair spray that her hair becomes very frizzy. Leo the lion is up next and his mane is fabulous until Raymond unscrews a pot of gloop and it goes everywhere, including over Leo's new hairdo. The others sit there wondering what will happen, and sure enough Raymond mixes up the dyes and the last three get technicolour hair. All is in chaos, but when the group gets to the party a neat twist sees them fit in very well.
Bright and breezy, colourful illustrations accompany this rhyming story, with lots on each page to intrigue and delight younger readers. They will have fun predicting the rhyming words and noticing all the things used by a hairdresser. And with Halloween coming along, a mildly scary story to share with younger readers.
Fran Knight

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