Monday, August 8, 2011

Big Wig: A Little History of Hair review

What a weird book...and I mean that in such a good way. Odd, unique, and filled with cool facts that I've never seen anywhere else. Who thinks about HAIR in this way? Well, apparently Kathleen Krull, and she'll make you think about it too. SO COOL. 

I had so much fun flipping through the pages and learning all about how massage and headstands were the way to a healthy head of hair in India over 4,000 years ago and how women used to dye their hair using lye and the sun in Venice during the 1500's. Lots of cultures/countries/time periods are covered, all the way up to the present day. 

The book is part fact and part pure silliness, but totally fun to read. The illustrations, done by Peter Malone, are a nice accompaniment to the text. Great for libraries and classrooms. 

Big Wig: A Little History of Hair
Kathleen Krull
48 pages
Arthur A. Levine Books
August 2011
Review copy provided by publisher

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