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RUTHIE BON BAIR; DO NOT GO TO BED WITH WRINGING WET HAIR

Author: Susan Lubner

Illustrator: Bruce Whatley

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Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Ruthie doesn't like drying her thick, curly hair. And one morning she wakes up with mushrooms growing in it...then ferns...then moss. The doctor, the nurse, the hairdresser, too, no one knows what to do. Then Ruthie has an idea. Will it work? This is a story with a humorous twist on grooming.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 4.6

Age of Child: Started reading with 5½-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: "Read it again, Mommy." S/He laughed through the first reading and roared through the second.

Adult Reader Reaction: We'll be reading this a lot, no doubt. This is a refreshing, fun story that we won't mind reading again and again.

Pros: This is a story that every parent and child can relate to, and maybe, just maybe, you'll get your child to dry their wet hair! The story moves quickly with humor and great illustrations.

Cons: None!

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a must have for your child's library, even if they don't squawk about drying their hair.

If You Liked This Book, Try: WILD ABOUT BOOKS   THE COTTON CANDY CATASTROPHE AT THE TEXAS STATE FAIR   KING BIDGOOD'S IN THE BATHTUB

Educational Themes: Technically, you could talk about plant life and fungi, but this really is just a humorous twist on an everyday activity.

Notes: This is a Moms Choice Award Nominee for 2006.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, fantasy, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2007

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