Clara's Crazy Curls

Clara's Crazy Curls

by Helen Poole
     
 

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Little Clara May wishes for the tallest hair in the world. But when her wish comes true, she discovers that having the tallest hair in the world is not without its problems.  See more details below

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Little Clara May wishes for the tallest hair in the world. But when her wish comes true, she discovers that having the tallest hair in the world is not without its problems.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
05/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—Redheaded schoolgirl Clara is not content with her already massive set of curls atop her head. She wishes for the tallest hair in the world. Poole sets up this humorous story using cartoonlike illustrations of characters with identical circle eyes and simple grins. Her artwork excels as she tickles readers' imaginations with drawings of golden-orange curls completely flowing to the edges of the pages as Clara's hair grows and grows. However, the rhyming text is often uneven, and some words are awkward to read aloud. Consider this a supplemental offering for fans of Sujean Rim's Birdie's Big-Girl Hair (Little, Brown, 2014), Erica Pelton Villnave's Sophie's Lovely Locks (Amazon, 2011), or Kate Hosford's Big Bouffant (Carolrhoda, 2011).—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-26
A little girl's very large curls cause chaos in this clunky lesson. Pink-skinned, rosy-cheeked Clara loves her upward-growing mop of red curls; she even carries her crayons, ruler and sandwich in it. She wishes her ringlets were the "tallest hair in all the world!" Finding a product that promises "Big & Beautiful Hair," she slathers it on. Clara's orangey-red, yellow-highlighted curls grow so tall and wide they bleed off the pages. The huge mane makes Clara famous. But now her hair obscures people's views at school and in a theater; reaching the sky, it blocks airplanes. Clara confesses that she used more hair cream than she had claimed to, and her mother arranges a haircut—though why the haircut required the confession is anybody's guess, unless tell the truth is another message, on top of be careful what you wish for and don't let your hairdo bother anyone. Poole's verse scans poorly—"Little Clara May was very very small. / But what was most extraordinary was her hair was really tall!"—and rhymes don't always rhyme (trees/pleased; world/curls). The cartoony illustrations are slick and occasionally sloppy: In the theater, four kids face away from the movie screen purely so readers can see their faces. Skip this; for celebrations of curly splendor, get bell hooks' Happy to Be Nappy, illustrated by Chris Raschka (1999), and Carolivia Herron's Nappy Hair, illustrated by Joe Cepeda (1997), instead. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781623700430
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
04/01/2014
Sales rank:
946,990
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

As a child, Helen Poole was fascinated by childrens books. She enjoyed writing stories and rhymes that she could illustrate. This fascination has lead to a full-time career.

Helen graduated from the University of Central Lancashire, where she discovered working digitally and never looked back. Since graduating, her versatility has allowed her to work as a graphic and product designer, as well as an illustrator. She has worked on everything from toys and games to greeting cards and pet products. And lets not forget childrens books!

Helen works much better when drinking large amounts of herbal tea and singing loudly to an extremely eclectic music collection (thankfully she works alone).

As a child, Helen Poole was fascinated by childrens books. She enjoyed writing stories and rhymes that she could illustrate. This fascination has lead to a full-time career.

Helen graduated from the University of Central Lancashire, where she discovered working digitally and never looked back. Since graduating, her versatility has allowed her to work as a graphic and product designer, as well as an illustrator. She has worked on everything from toys and games to greeting cards and pet products. And lets not forget childrens books!

Helen works much better when drinking large amounts of herbal tea and singing loudly to an extremely eclectic music collection (thankfully she works alone).

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