Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
Stella Batts Book 2
Courtney Sheinmel (Author)
Jennifer A. Bell (Illustrator)
Sleeping Bear Press
This is the third Stella Batts book that I have read, and the second that I have read with my oldest we alternate pages. We both love the series. And I do not know a parent who has not had to deal with this specific issue at least once with each child. But to have hair issues with both your children on the same day no wonder that Stella's parents were upset.
But before we get to the story, I have been remiss in my other reviews on this series and a reader asked me about my lack of comments on the illustrations. Mea culpa. The illustrations by Jennifer are wonderful. They are interspersed throughout the book and add to the story. My daughter loves identifying the friends in the pictures and always hopes the pages with illustrations are hers to read. They really do add an extra element to the book and as transitions from early readers to novels they work perfectly to enhance the interest in the books.
The more of these books I read the more I appreciate the, they are great down to earth stories. They are very realistic and yet entertaining enough to keep the attention of this mid-40's guy and his daughter. In fact my youngest has started joining us for reading these because she likes the stories also. They are very well written and as stated wonderfully illustrated.
In this volume as you can guess by the title there is a 'hair' incident or two. In some combination we have magic glow in the dark gum, wishes, scissors and paint. All in all not a great day at the Batts household. And add to that the fact that Stella's best friend is moving across the country and there are more than a few tears in this story. But as always the Batts come together and face the problems and work as a family to get through them.
These are great fun reads. My oldest brought home from the school library book 3 the day after we finished this one. Not sure we will be reading much else until the series is done. And any book that keeps kids' reading and coming back for more is a win in my opinion!
Books by: Courtney Sheinmel:
Stella Batts Needs A New Name
Stella Batts Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
Stella Batts Pardon Me
Stella Batts A Case of the Meanies
Stella Batts Who's in Charge?
Stella Batts Something Blue
Stella Batts None of Your Beeswax
Stella Batts Superstar
My So-Called Life
All the Things You Are