Big Bouffant

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

“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?

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Publication Date 2013-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.2
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV014000, JUV048000, JUV039140
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 550
ATOS Reading Level 2.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 141841
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: Kate Hosford

Kate Hosford is the author of several picture books, including Infinity and Me which won the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book award and was named an ALA Notable Children's Book. She lives in Brooklyn.

Illustrator: Holly Clifton-Brown

Holly Clifton-Brown was born in London and attended Chelsea School of Art, Media, and Design and Bristol UWE Faculty of Art, Media and Design, where she attained a B.A. in Illustration. Her work has been exhibited at The London Transport Museum. She is the author and illustrator of Annie Hoot and the Knitting Extravaganza and has illustrated other picture books including Big Bouffant and Big Birthday.


  • Alabama Camellia Children's Choice Award Nominee, Nominated, 2011
  • Mockingbird Reading Program Reading List, Long-listed, 2011


School Library Journal

“Warm tones and colorful patterns result in rich illustrations that carry Annabelle’s exuberance and determination through the pages. Shadow and texture layer the story, and panels help readers move along visually. This rhyming text will delight fans of Robert Munsch’s Stephanie’s Ponytail (Firefly, 1996) and will make a good addition for hair-themed storytimes.” —School Library Journal

Foreword Reviews

“This book deals with a serious issue—defining one’s place among one’s peers—in the most entertaining way imaginable.” —ForeWord Magazine