The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School

The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School


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Acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson and vibrant illustrator Ard Hoyt style a hair-raising story that is sure to be a ‘do!

Zoe Fleefenbacher has one blue eye and one green eye and bright red hair that goes on...forever. Her hair has always been unruly, but now she is in first grade and according to her teacher, Ms. Trisk, “first grade has rules.” It takes countless barrettes and scrunchies to finally hold Zoe’s hair. But when it can help with an uncooperative science lesson, will Ms. Trisk let Zoe’s hair free?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781534452268
Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 1,246,780
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity. Her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Chains and Speak, were National Book Award finalists. Chains also received the 2009 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and Laurie was chosen for the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award. Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Pennsylvania, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes. You can follow her adventures on Twitter @HalseAnderson, or visit her at

Ard Hoyt has illustrated a number of books, including the New York Times bestsellers I’m a Manatee by John Lithgow and The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School by Laurie Halse Anderson. Ard lives with his wife and five daughters in Bentonville, Arkansas.

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The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the books all 3 of my kids can agree on at bedtime. We love Zoe and LHA!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is hysterical. I first picked up because the title made me chuckle and I have a Zoe. It's definitely for older preschoolers and up. Zoe Fleefenbacher's hair is quite animated and might be a little scary for younger children. The story has a great cadance, some nice vocabulary words, rich illustrations, and gives you plenty to talk about as you read. My daughter loves books and this is a new favorite of hers.
YouthGPL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kearsten says: In this funny picture book, Zoe Fleefenbacher's red hair "goes on forever," and is wild and self-aware (but not in a creepy way, unless you're an adult reading the story...). Her hair can use the computer on its own, and when Zoe was in kindergarten, it helped out Zoe's teacher while all the children napped. However, Zoe's hair becomes a problem in first grade, when Zoe gets a teacher who looooves rules and hates Zoe's hair.This is a good story to illustrate how having *some* flexibility can be a good thing. While I'm not crazy about the wardrobe change Zoe's teacher goes through (from business skirt/suit/tie to fluttery feminine floral dress, implying that following the rules is only for stuffy masculine types), it's illustrations are cute and fun.This would be a good read-aloud for kindergarten and early first graders.
Booklady123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Zoe Fleefenbacher has gloriously wild red hair, with a mind of its own. Without any help from Zoe her hair is a master at multi-tasking. It often simultaneously performs many tasks: turning on the TV, petting the cat, working on the computer, and pouring a glass of juice. When Zoe enters first grade, her teacher Ms. Trisk quickly informs her ¿School has rules. . . No wild hair in my class!¿ Despite Ms Trisk¿s attempts at getting it under control, Zoe¿s hair just won¿t be tamed. No amount of discipline ¿ even meeting with the principal, can make Zoe¿s hair behave. In desperation, Zoe tries to control her hair with scrunchies, barrettes, and even duct tape ¿ all to no avail. The locks escape their confinement to help out with a demonstration on rotating planets and Ms. Trisk changes her mind about wild hair.Anderson, well known for your young adult novels, creates a sparkling and humorous narrative that will have students sitting on the edge of their seats to find out what Zoe¿s hair will do next. The illustrations done in pen and ink and watercolor add to the vibrant story. Very much a tall tale, this story not only entertains children but covers important back to school themes like the challenges of transition from one grade to the next, problem solving and teachers learning from their students. This is an excellent addition to any school library or classroom library.Recommended for Kindergarten through 3rd Grade.Mrs. Archer¿s rating 5 of 5
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