I Won't Comb My Hair


Tanya is about to have a very-bad-hair day!
It’s easy to tell when Tanya doesn’t want to do something. “I WON’T!” she screams, so loudly that the whole neighborhood can hear. And there is one thing Tanya really doesn’t want to do. She WILL NOT EVER comb her hair.

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Tanya is about to have a very-bad-hair day!
It’s easy to tell when Tanya doesn’t want to do something. “I WON’T!” she screams, so loudly that the whole neighborhood can hear. And there is one thing Tanya really doesn’t want to do. She WILL NOT EVER comb her hair.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
The longer Tanya refuses to comb her hair, the more complicated things become. In this fantasy, Tanya is a girl who likes to scream when she does not want to do something. She definitely will not comb her hair, and she screams so loud that the neighbors can all hear her. There is nothing her parents can do to persuade her. When eventually her hair becomes extremely long and filled with knots and tangles, a bird flies into it and makes a nest. Soon there are eggs and five chicks hatch. Tanya helps them find food by looking for worms. One night her hair becomes inhabited by jungle animals, and she decides that this is no fun anymore. She brushes them all out. Then she spends so much time fixing her hair into different hairstyles that now when her parents tell her it is time to leave for school, she shouts that she is still combing her hair. The illustrations with beautiful colors are very good, but unfortunately the story may seem weird and rather creepy to young children. The main character is self-centered and demanding, and obviously fails to change for the better. The story lacks moral value and humor. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Tanya has a full head of glorious kinky hair that she refuses to comb. It keeps growing and gets bushier and bushier. Soon a bird moves in, builds a nest, and hatches five chicks. Tanya stops running, playing, and swimming so as not to disturb them. Then one night she hears strange sounds from deep within her locks. A panther, snakes, monkeys, parrots, and some "I-don't—know-whats" have all take up residence. That's too much! The girl banishes all the animals and starts combing her hair. Soon she's doing it twice a day and trying hairdos with ribbons, bows, and beads of all kinds. Now when her parents try to hurry her along in the morning, she shouts, "Not yet! I'm still combing my hair!" The illustrations are a good complement to the story. As Tanya's hair grows it takes up more and more of the pages. When jungle animals move in, it takes up almost an entire spread. The front cover has an oval hologram that switches between Tanya in pigtails and Tanya with the jungle on her head. This is not the first story about a child with wild hair, but it is a pleasant addition to the list.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
Craziness ensues when a girl lets her locks grow wild. Don't be deceived by the serene smile on little Tanya's face. There are many things she doesn't want to do, and she'll certainly tell you, "I WON'T!" Foremost is combing her hair, which resembles a bushy, brown lion's mane. One day, a small bird lands on the crown of Tanya's head. Another follows, and, before long, there's a nest with five eggs that hatch into chicks. Tanya's careful not to disturb them, and she even hunts for worms. When trees start to grow, though, and jungle animals hiss and screech and growl, she's had enough. She brushes and brushes and brushes until all the knots and tangles (and creatures) are gone. Tanya now has a new problem: She can't settle on a style for her lovely locks. The breezy Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle–esque lesson is much aided by Bahr's illustrations, which make Tanya's hair, simultaneously wild and beautiful, the most vibrant component of every picture. Tanya looks to be biracial, too—an added plus. The lenticular optical-illusion cover is a bonus treat. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735823150
  • Publisher: North-South Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,345,862
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

ANNETTE LANGEN studied publishing in the United States and worked for many years as a children’s book editor in Germany. She is the author of several children’s books, including Letters from Felix, which was translated into twenty-nine languages.
FRAUKE BAHR was born in Cuxhaven, Germany, on the shores of the North Sea. An opportunity to study illustration at the Hamburg School of Design drew her to Hamburg, where she found a home near the famous harbor. She has been illustrating children’s books since 1998.

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