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"Ponytails and braids! Ponytails and braids! I don't see anything but ponytails and braids! This class needs some fashion. This class needs some fun. I'll find a hairdo to impress everyone." Annabelle doesn't want the same boring hairstyle that all the other girls have. When she spies a picture of her grandma, she has the perfect idea: a big bouffant! But how can she make"Ponytails and braids! Ponytails and braids! I don't see anything but ponytails and braids! This class needs some fashion. This class needs some fun. I'll find a hairdo to impress everyone." Annabelle doesn't want the same boring hairstyle that all the other girls have. When she spies a picture of her grandma, she has the perfect idea: a big bouffant! But how can she make her style stand up? And will her classmates really be impressed with her daring 'do? ...

Title : Big Bouffant
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ISBN : 9780761354093
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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Big Bouffant Reviews

  • Andreea
    2019-05-19 21:06

    Despre curajul de a fi diferit

  • Melissa
    2019-04-22 22:42

    OK, I'm going to be the only cranky review here. Because I read it that Annabelle isn't being independent for the sake of independence, but rather (she says it herself on the first page) "to impress everyone." And as soon as the other girls start wearing bouffants too, Annabelle gets bored and comes up with something else to make herself stand out from the crowd. There's nothing wrong with genuinely wanting to be a trendsetter, but I think a truly independent, confident girl would wear and do what she wanted just because she wanted to do it. Instead, Annabelle's choices are dependent on what the other kids are doing or not doing, and seem to be choices not made for herself, but made for the effect they will have on others. I'm also troubled by the boy and the hearts on the last page. I don't care for the message that this is a happy ending because someone is sweet on Annabelle. If this is really about confidence and independence, it should be enough of a happy ending that Annabelle is happy herself. (Yes, yes, I know that when you are confident in yourself, you are more attractive to others, but is that really a theme for a picture book?)

  • Daniel Zielske
    2019-05-07 01:06

    Kate Hosford writes a wonderful, rhyming tale of a girl seeking uniqueness and, after discovering a photograph of her grandmother's bouffant hair style, deciding she will have a bouffant. Holly Clifton-Brown's illustrations wonderfully accompany the story.

  • Melissa Roach
    2019-05-02 23:08

    Description:"Ponytails and braids! Ponytails and braids! I don't see anything but ponytails and braids! This class needs some fashion. This class needs some fun. I'll find a hairdo to impress everyone." Annabelle doesn't want the same boring hairstyle that all the other girls have. When she spies a picture of her grandma, she has the perfect idea: a big bouffant! But how can she make her style stand up? And will her classmates really be impressed with her daring 'do? My thoughts... The storyline was so unique and fun! Annabelle wants a new 'do', she wants to stand out and not be like everyone else...then when she comes to school with her big beautiful hair, everyone wants to be just like her! I love the big bouffant hair styles from the 1950s - I always wondered how they got their hair to stay that way! The book is just a fantastic read aloud with rhyming words and absolutely gorgeous illustrations (they almost reminded me of Mary Engelbreit)! I would recommend this book for preschool age and up...but even my girls (ages 2 and 7 months) loved listening to the story! I could definitely see this book in every elementary classroom around the world and if not in the classroom, in every little girl's personal library! I cannot wait to own this wonderful book someday and add it to my girl's collection! To learn more about the book click here. You can find this book on Amazon for purchase (avail. April 1, 2011). Thank You so much Net Galley and Lerner Publishing Group (Carolrhoda Books) for allowing me to read this book! I cannot wait to read more books from you in the future!Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Net Galley review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

  • Danielle
    2019-05-06 22:01

    In a world where pig tails and curls are what separate one little girl from another sweet little Annabelle wants nothing to do with what’s typical. Annabelle is a trend setter and her individualism shines through as she struggles to find just the right hairdo. Taking inspiration from her grandmother’s long lost bouffant she turns a forgotten fashion trend into something that sets her apart from the rest.What’s not to love about this fantastic book? From the first time I read it months ago until now I still open it with fondness when Littlebug brings it to me. Annabelle isn’t what could potentially be a bratty self-centered young girl, but simply a girl who likes to blaze a new trail and be who she wants to be. It’s a wonderful message about individualism and the ways in which we can encourage our children to be who they want to be. Not only that, but the illustrations bring the story to life with bright colors and whimsy that is hard to come by.Big Bouffant is a picture book I’ll long be sharing with Littlebug and even occasionally Turkeybird. It’s whimsical feel as told through the gorgeous illustrations and story that shares the beauty of being an individual is something I hope to continually inspire my own children with. Begin at a young age by teaching children the importance of being who they are and loving every minute of it through the story of Annabelle in Big Bouffant. A story about a hairdo and much much more that may just inspire young readers to blaze their own trails.Originally reviewed and copyrighted at my site There's A Book.

  • Jessi
    2019-05-04 18:11

    This fun story provides a positive message about being yourself. Annabelle finds a way to express her unique personality through her hairstyle. This determined little girl gets it in her head to have a bouffant, and she sticks with her wish despite everyone's efforts to get her to choose something more normal and run-of-the-mill. Even after she sets a new trend, she still wants to have a fresh, new wardrobe idea so that she's not just one of many. This also speaks to the importance that each child has as an individual, that they each want to feel special in some way.The illustrations in this book are very well-done. The background scenery contains interesting textures and patterns to catch the eye, and the characters are drawn in a whimsical way that will entrance young readers. When Annabelle is creating her bouffant, there are so many fun and funny items to look point out and comment on.Lesson Possibilities:Birth to 4 years - Kids can be directed to explore the various colors and asked questions about the pictures. They will naturally catch the lyric, rhyming quality of the text and perhaps even quote it back later.K-8th grade - Depending on the student's skill level, the book could be used to do a number of things. It could lead to a discussion about being yourself, accepting yourself and others, having courage to be yourself. It could be used to create a writing prompt about any of those topics, as well. Also, it could have a tie in with a how-to writing due to the fact that Annabelle creates her own hairstyle. Students could also write about a time they did something that other people didn't understand.

  • Danyelle Ferguson
    2019-05-19 23:06

    Big Bouffant is the story of a precocious little girl who doesn't want to look like the other girls in her class. Annabelle wants to be an original, a one-of-a-kind. Having two daughters - and being quite the girly-girl myself - I found this story delightful. Even my two boys laughed at some of Annabelle's antics as she tried to get just the hairstyle she wanted. We loved the illustrations and rhymes. The story had a very natural flow and voice that made it easy to add fun voice inflections. Some of our "read and chat" point for this book were: * Hair styles: We talked about what different hair styles the people in our family had, which ones were our favorites, as well as the ones we didn't like so much. We also talked about different hair styles the kids see at school, church, and when we go shopping. * Hair styling products: At one point in the book, Annabelle uses food to try to get her hair to stay in the bouffant. So I took the opportunity to talk to my munchkins about what types of hair styling products are actually okay to use in their hair and which ones they needed either mom or dad to help them use. * One-of-a-kind: I asked my kids what talents and traits make them each unique. We had a fun discussion and shared what things we liked about each other, too.

  • Peep (Pop! Pop!)
    2019-05-10 22:52

    I really liked the pictures and how they brought the story to life. My kids liked the rhymes. I'd like to think it's because I read it with such passion! I liked how she was willing to work out her hair problem on her own, even when she didn't get the results she wanted (a mess). I really loved how the whole class was in on it, even the teacher and the boys. Pretty manly to rock a bouffant if you ask me!As a parent, I didn't really care for Annabelles reasons for being different. I don't know. At first, I really liked how she just wanted to stand out. I was rooting for her to the rock the bouffant. But then, her reaction to everyone else wearing the bouffant confused me. You'd think that she would've embraced being a trendsetter. None of my attempts to become a trendsetter ever work out. ("That's so plant life" never caught on)At the end my 3 year old pointed out the funny red leaves (the hearts surrounding the boy), I didn't bother correcting her. Let her keep on thinking they were leaves!Both my kids enjoyed the book, both said they liked her homemade bouffant the best but agreed that she should've gotten permission before using all that food. But between you and I, I think they said that just to impress me seeings as how they only listen to me 30% of the time!Fun book to read with the kids!

  • Savi Malfitano
    2019-05-12 19:56

    This is the precious story of Annabelle and her desire to stand out! All the girls in class are sporting, "Ponytails and braids!" and Annabelle is itching to be different. She discovers a picture of her grandmother and is in awe of her big bouffant! She decides right away that this is the style she needs and begins her quest to create the biggest bouffant there is. At first Annabelle tries to achieve her look with household ingredients, pretty hilarious, until Mom volunteers to help her. The next day Annabelle is the center of attention with her big bouffant. Some girls laugh but before soon they start asking for help on their very own bouffant creations. Annabelle's teacher also joins the big bouffant revolution! I loved the illustrations, they're full of whimsy and color. I was pleased to see the array of ethnicities within the children in Annabelle's classroom. The story itself flowed easily with rhyme and is perfect for young readers. Annabelle doesn't want to be like all the other girls. She is courageous in her fashion choices, and becomes quite the trendsetter in doing so. This is a great tale for children who may feel different, it really encourages them to embrace their differences. Annabelle is a great role model full of moxie and determination, I highly recommend this book!

  • Heidi
    2019-04-29 01:58

    Annabelle wants to be noticed. Her first day of school she realizes that all the girls have the same types of hairdo, ponytails and braids. At home, she sees the picture of her grandmother's bouffant and decides to try it for her face. She tries to create a bouffant by herself using butter and other ingredients, finally her mother helps and she does indeed get her classmates attention. Once all the girls are wearing bouffants however, Annabelle decides that to be unique she needs to try something else.I have to say, this book reminds me of the girls who like to play with each others hair during story time. I confess I like to have my hair played with as well. These girls are the primary audience of this book. The illustrations are delightful and cute. And the writing is perfect for reading out loud, although, I think I'd lose the boys if I read it for any of my classes. Also, the idea of changing one's appearance to please others is implied, although, I think the idea of Annabelle wanting to be unique comes through in a stronger fashion. This book could provide an opening to discuss the idea of peer pressure and changing our behavior to please others rather than ourselves.

  • babyhippoface
    2019-04-30 19:47

    Spunky Annabelle does not want to look like every other girl in her class--their hairstyles are so ordinary and unimaginative! She convinces her mother to give her the most fabulous hairstyle she can think of--a big, big bouffant! Her classmates' initial skepticism turns to interest, then to admiration, and soon every member of her class--even each boy--is sporting a bouffant. Now how will Annabelle stand out from the crowd? Young girls especially will enjoy this colorful look at non-conformity and the surprise Annabelle cooks up at the end.On a personal level, while I appreciated Annabelle's spunk and desire for individuality, the ending was a let-down for me. I expected a spectacular change in her appearance, not just an accessory. Picky? Yes. Little girls will probably love this book, though. Throw some glitter in her bouffant, and this could be a best-seller! ;)

  • Nina
    2019-05-17 01:54

    I love this picture book. I want all my nieces to read this. Annabelle is a fun little girl who wants to be different from all the other girls from her class. She’s almost as a little Carrie Bradshaw (SATC) who loves fashion and standing out. The steps Annabelle takes to come up with something new is such fun. The story is filled with colourful pictures that truly stand out almost as Annabelle herself. Just take a look at that wonderful cover and you immediately get the feeling of how the book is inside. Being yourself and be original is the best advice for children nowadays. So when the book comes out in April I am going to buy a copy of it. I’m looking forward to more picture books by Kate Hosford.

  • Tracey
    2019-04-26 18:53

    Children's picture book. [reviewed from egalley.] Adorable story about a little girl who eschews the usual ponytails and braids in favor of something different: "Oh please, Mom, please, / can I have a bouffant? / A big bouffant is / all I really want!" The author smoothly incorporates new vocabulary into the kid-friendly rhymes: "Annabelle smeared butter and honey on her head. / She p u l l e d and she piled until her face turned red. / When she leaned to the left, her hair slithered right, / but Annabelle kept styling with all of her might." Even from the egalley I can tell that the illustrations are vibrant and endearing--everything you'd want in a picture book. This story should go over well with preschoolers (and their parents), especially those who are into hair.

  • Lisa(Bookworm Lisa)
    2019-04-28 02:09

    Annabelle is tired of the same old hairdo's. All of the girls have ponytails and braids, she wants to be different. She sees a picture of her grandmother with a bouffant, and decides it is the hairdo for her. She experiments with a variety of ingredients to come up with the perfect do, but her efforts don't work out to well. She needs help.At first the kids make fun, but she becomes a trendsetter.I love this story of independence. I think it is great to teach children to think for themselves and not do what everyone else is doing.The author use prose that is easy for children and flows well.I received a digital copy from Netgalley for early review.This book is scheduled to be released in April 2011.

  • Rachel
    2019-05-05 21:08

    This was such an adorable and hilarious book about fashion and self-expression. When Annabelle enters the classroom for the first day, she becomes frustrated when she sees that all the girls are wearing the same boring hairstyle. She wants something different, and when she goes home, she sees the perfect solution in an old hairstyle of her grandma's, the bouffant. This book radiates with bright colors and is fashionably fabulous enough to attract Fancy Nancy fans. The simple rhyming text makes it a great pick for storytime, and the humor will draw in parents as well as preschoolers. I would definitely buy it for my library.

  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    2019-04-23 01:49

    Annabelle is bored with the boring way the girls in her class do their hair each morning. “Ponytails and braids! Ponytails and braids!” she moans. “I don’t see anything but ponytails and braids!”She decides to make a hairdo to top everyone; she decides to make her hair into a bouffant.When everyone copies her, she switches gears and turns to designing a more imaginative dress.“Annabelle went home and slumped on her bed.‘My bouffant’s so boring---I want something new instead!’She thought very hard with her eyes closed tight.‘I know what I’ll do, but I need to start tonight.”I love books about kids who bravely try to be different, so this was a fun read for me.

  • Kate
    2019-04-26 21:48

    I liked this book...I can see it being a great read for just the right little girl. Still, it's kind of like a more sophisticated "Fancy Nancy", I think the topic is too specific. Girls who don't die for fashion, etc. just wouldn't care. Plus, the plot is so obvious. The fact that the girls teased her before immitating her style is a bit of a tired trope. I think it would have been much more interesting if the book had taken a more interesting path.

  • Shelli
    2019-04-22 22:50

    I can admire any person who wants to stand out a bit with their hair or clothing choices. Annabelle is one of those girls! After attending the first day of school she realizes that all the girls wear their hair in the same basic one or two ways. Inspired by a photograph of her grandmother Annabelle tries to create art with her hair... and when that is a sticky mess she just goes for the bouffant.

  • Kati
    2019-05-21 18:08

    This is an extremely cute book. Annabelle doesn't want to have the same old boring pig tails that all the other girls in her class have. When she sees a picture of her grandmother with a bouffant hairdo, she decides that is the hairdo she wants to try! Then when all the other girls in her class copy her, she decides her bouffant is kinda boring, so Annabelle comes up with another way to be unique.Review based on an ARC copy from NetGalley.

  • Chantale Pard
    2019-04-30 17:50

    I absolutely loved the illustrations, but the wording and timing of this book just missed the mark for me. Also, I feel the word "bouffant" is a bit of a vocabulary reach for most children at a picture book age level - it would have made sense if, during the story, we quickly saw when/how Annabelle learned the word for this hairstyle. Some of the rhymes flowed great, but on other pages it felt like there was just one too many syllables.

  • Barbara
    2019-05-15 23:42

    Annabelle looks around at her classmates, and they all look the same--even down to their hairstyles. Bored with thinking, acting, and looking the same as everyone else, she draws inspiration from a family photo for her very own look. Of course, despite the shock that this different way of wearing her hair causes at first, eventually everyone else starts to copy her, leaving Annabelle to look for some other way to be different. It's all great fun, and the illustrations fit the text perfectly.

  • Nesa
    2019-04-27 20:02

    This is a whimsical story that features a protagonist that is not afraid to be an individual. The story rhymes rather well but there are times it seems forced and a little bit awkward. Overall, though, I liked the book a lot. I would pair this story with Robert Munsch's book, Stephanie's Ponytail, for a “Mane Event” story time. :-D

  • Angie
    2019-05-14 01:57

    Ever so cute. Don't be afraid to be yourself. Yes, it's been done before and the rhymes are not always top-notch. It's the general idea of a current children's book discussing bouffants of all things ... and the ILLUSTRATIONS. LOVE the little details in the different children in the story. And in Annabelle's hair. ;]

  • Bethe
    2019-04-23 20:43

    This book is charming, wish the rhymes and rhythm were less awkward, that would bring the stars to a full 4. The illustrations are vibrant, cute and fun; love the little details but found some of the shadowing distracting.

  • WriteTheVision
    2019-04-30 21:54

    The beauty in being original, different, unique... a leader rather than a follower. Very cute story and always timely concept. I read it to my students during the first week of school, and they loved it.

  • Christine Turner
    2019-05-16 23:10

    Fed up with the unbearably dull hairstyles of her classmates, Annabelle wrangles her hair into a giant bouffant hairdo to be different--until her new style becomes the trend to follow!SubjectsHairstyles -- Juvenile fiction.Individuality -- Juvenile fiction

  • Nancy Jo Lambert
    2019-05-12 18:58

    Being yourself and embracing individualism is certainly not a new message. However, this book delivers that message is a rhyming, beautifully illustrated, and fun package! Kids will love to see this book and hear it read aloud!

  • Kati Polodna
    2019-04-30 22:52

    As a lady who likes her hair to look good, this book delighted me.

  • Mary Lee
    2019-04-29 23:47

    Be brave enough to be unique.

  • Lila Brantley
    2019-05-12 21:42

    Bouffants really are timeless! Merrick wasn't really interested in this book. It was definitely on the "girly" side. The artwork is awesome though, and I enjoyed the rhymes. pretty good read.