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by Margie Palatini, Jack E. Davis

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It was BIG.
It was BAD.
It was...BEDHEAD!
No doubt about it, Oliver's having a very bad hair day. His parents and sister try to help. They push, they pull, they spritz and they spray; they goop, they glop, and they mousse. But Oliver's hair is still way out of control. And today's class picture day!
What's a boy to do


It was BIG.
It was BAD.
It was...BEDHEAD!
No doubt about it, Oliver's having a very bad hair day. His parents and sister try to help. They push, they pull, they spritz and they spray; they goop, they glop, and they mousse. But Oliver's hair is still way out of control. And today's class picture day!
What's a boy to do?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
This silly book, (that's good silly, not bad silly), must be read aloud to be thoroughly enjoyed. Oliver arises one morning and discovers during his morning routine that he has (drumroll)--BEDHEAD. That's hair that's been mussed during sleeping and is totally out of control. Oliver's whole family gets into the routine to try and fix the problem. They use water, spray, mousse and pins to try to tame the red, curly stuff, but to Oliver's vocal dismay, nothing seems to work. It is finally decided that Oliver will wear his ball cap to school, only when he arrives he discovers it's picture day. Ms. Oppenheimer, his teacher announces that Oliver may not wear his hat in the picture. As the photographer begins to count to three, Oliver removes his hat and is amazed that his hair is in place, that is until the photographer reaches the count of three. Suddenly, all hair breaks loose. The resultant photo is not what most parents have in mind for a class photo. This clever book is enhanced by the cartoon-like drawings of its characters and the child-like semantics and sound effects of the text. Students will ask for it at Read Aloud time, again and again. 2000, Simon & Schuster, Ages 4 to 8, $16.00. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger—Children's Literature
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A loud scream from the upstairs bathroom interrupts Oliver's family's breakfast, and an investigation reveals that the boy is suffering from a bad case of "bedhead." "There was hair going this way. Hair going that way. Hair going up. Down. Around and around." His parents and sister try wetting it and spraying it, but nothing works, and Oliver goes off to school wearing his trusty blue baseball cap-a masterful plan, except that it's class picture day. Palatini's lengthy, hilarious text, which appears in jagged frames that suggest the boy's mounting anxiety, is filled with her signature alliteration and familiar expressions like "Been there. Done that," "a done deal," and "Zero. Zilch. Nada." It will take little persuasion to have children chime in on the "B-B-B-BOING!"s every time Oliver's hair does its thing. The zany cartoon-style illustrations, executed in colored pencil, acrylic, dye, and ink, appear on large double-page spreads with small white borders. Many of them depict Oliver's oversized head, hair flying in all directions, and his family trying to effect a cure. From the shocked expression on Oliver's face on the cover and the bathroom-tile-covered endpapers to the scene of the boy's terrible discovery and the wacky remedies that follow, this is a delightful combination of text and pictures that will have readers coming back for more.-Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Bedhead is a funny, cartoony creation...You've got to give Bedhead points for realism: the family loses, the hair wins.
Kirkus Reviews
Bell hooks may be Happy to Be Nappy (1999), but young Oliver's glimpse of his morning hair—"going up. Down. Around and around. And there was one teeny tiny clump of hair way at the back of his head that looked just like a cat's coughed-up fur ball"—prompts a shattering scream of dismay. Nothing he or his parents try—not water, not hair spray, not even mousse—has more than a temporary effect, and at last all the "follicly challenged" lad can do is jam a cap on his head before going off to school. Unfortunately, it's Class Picture day . . . Oliver's panic-stricken face, topped with wildly swirling strawberry blond locks, fills Davis's (Mary Louise Loses Her Manners, 1999, etc.) hyperkinetic cartoon scenes, and Palatino (Ding Dong Ding Dong, 1999, etc.) adds plenty of sound effects to this uproarious tale of a truly epic bad hair day. (Picture book. 7-9)

From the Publisher
"A funny, cartoony creation"


"A hair-raising trip"

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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8.40(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.20(d)
140L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Margie Palatini is the author of many celebrated children's books, including Lousy Rotten Stinkin' Grapes, The Three Silly Billies and Earthquack!, all illustrated by Barry Moser, as well as Sweet Tooth and Bedhead, both illustrated by Jack E. Davis. She lives with her family in New Jersey. Visit Margie at

Jack E. Davis was senior art director with a a large ad agency before becoming a children's book illustrator. Among the books he has illustrated are Bedhead by Margi Palatini, Metro Cat by Marsha Diane Arnold, Music Over Manhattan by Mark Karlins, and the ongoing series The Zack Files by Dan Greenburg. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington, and has three sons and two cats.

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Bedhead 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm currently working on my Masters in Education, and always looking for a book that can grasp the attention of a child and this book did it. I read it and I loved it then I read it to a 2 year old, two 5 year olds, and a nine year old. They were so into it and could not wait to see what was going to happen next. The illustrations were magical.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book in a store in the mall out loud, and ended up reading it to a child who wanted to listen. He was probably eight years old, and he just laughed and laughed. This book is so funny, and I know first hand that children will love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I went to the library and checked out a stack of books and Bedhead happen to be in the stack. When I got home and went to read the books to my 3 year old nephew, he fell in love with this book. We have since check the book out 4 times and read it every time we go to the library. I have finally decided the book is well worth it and he is now getting his own copy for christmas. He has the book pretty much memorized and loves looking at the pictures and telling the story himself. This is by far his favorite. I would reccommend this book.