"A crackerjack read-aloud with a great finish." --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
Stanley Birdbaum couldn't be more excited. He has rolled and wrapped and dyed his hair. He has dipped it and sprayed it and made it, well, perfect. He is ready to celebrate Crazy Hair Day at school. But when Stanley saunters up to the classroom, he learns, to his horror, that Crazy Hair Day is . . . next week. To make matters worse, today is School Picture Day, and everyone is expected to line up for the class photo! What's Stanley to do?
"K-Gr. 2. For Crazy Hair Day at school, Stanley marches into class with his hair arranged in multicolored spikes, determined to have the craziest hair in the whole school. Unfortunately, poor Stanley has mixed up the dates of Crazy Hair Day and School Picture Day, and he retreats in horror to the bathroom. A friend finally coaxes him back to the class for their group picture, where he discovers everyone modeling sympathy dos. The novelty of spending a school day alone in the bathroom is very truly observed, and adults will appreciate Mr. Winger's deft conversion of one student's catastrophe into an opportunity for class bonding. Saltzberg's characters (hamsters, according to the jacket flap, though they're not recognizable as such) don't express a great range of emotion, but the pictures are bright and appealing, and the authenticity of Stanley's situation is likely to put readers in the mood to share their most embarrassing moments. --Jennifer Mattson Copyright 2003 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review:
"Stanley Birdbaum has committed perhaps the worst possible kid faux pas: he has worn a wacky hairstyle to school for Crazy Hair Day-on the wrong day. In fact, it's actually Class Picture Day. Granted, Stanley's 'do has been expertly executed by Stanley's mom: "She wrapped. She dipped. And to make his hair perfect, she sprayed Stanley's hair bright orange and blue. `Ta-da!' said Stanley. `I am a work of art!' " But his pride vaporizes when Stanley discovers his error, and he takes refuge in the boys' bathroom, resolving to be a no-show for the class photo. Saltzberg (Soccer Mom from Outer Space) portrays the characters as roly-poly hedgehog-like critters, but the school setting and social milieu are authentically and poignantly human. He understands how kids revel in the ostensible rule-breaking and goofy creativity of "Spirit Days" ("Stanley rolled the rubber bands in his hair. He gently tapped the tops of his spikes" before entering the classroom), and also how life at the elementary level takes no prisoners-even Stanley's best friend Larry scores a quip at his expense ("Is that a hair-do or a hair-don't?"). The story begins to sink under the weight of empathy as the coif-challenged hero slowly works through his embarrassment (with an assist from the now conciliatory Larry). But the wrap-up offers Stanley the perfect hair tonic: the entire class welcomes him to the class picture with their own hastily improvised but undisputedly zany headdress. Ages 5-8. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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|| Cambridge, MA :Candlewick Press,2003.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
||076361954X (alk. paper)