You know those mornings when you wake up and no matter how hard you try, you just cannot get your hair to work with you? Well Oliver is having one of those mornings in Bedhead by Margie Palatini. In a daze, Oliver gives his teeth a “passable brushing,” and then he notices it:
“In a gunk less corner of the soapy silver soap dish… in a fogless smidgen of his father’s foggy shaving mirror…right there on the hot water faucet, for heaven’s sake… he saw it!”
“It was BIG”
“It was BAD”
After noticing this monstrosity, Oliver’s scream “shook,” it “rattled,” and “it rolled all the way down from the stairs and into the kitchen where Froot Loops went flying.” Oliver’s dad, mom, and sister file up to the bathroom to check on him. They each try to tame his hair, but all of their attempts are futile. Oliver finally discovers a solution: a hat!
When he finally makes it to school, one of his classmates reminds him that it is PICTURE DAY! As the class is arranged for their picture, the cameraman tells Oliver to take off his hat. Oliver reluctantly takes off his hat and to his surprise, his hair is not sticking out every which way!
But, then, as the cameraman counts down for the picture, the BEDHEAD comes back!
The story ends with a copy of Oliver’s class picture, which captures the moment perfectly.
This humorous tale offers an experience in which we all can relate. The rich and descriptive language aligns well with the detailed illustrations.
-Anna Blair Solomon