Blue-eyed freckle-faced Wanda has a problem: she loves her wild hair dearly, but it drives all the adults in her life to distraction. She loves the way it feels when she touches it. She loves the way it looks when she pats it in front of the mirror. But her mother always nags her to wash it, her father wants to take her to the poodle parlor for a trim, and her teacher threatens to ask the principal to cut it off. What can poor Wanda do? A series of mishaps with a magpie, a cat, and a large English sheepdog finally convince Wanda that her beautiful hair has to be changed. Kids who love their hair will identify with Wanda’s playful solution to make her adults happy.
This first picture book by author Barbara Azore is brought to life by the quirky, mischievous, pastel illustrations of artist Georgia Graham.
Barbara Azore was born in England and emigrated to Canada in 1967. From 1970 to 1997 she was employed by the Edmonton Public School Board working in Elementary and Junior High School Libraries. Since retiring, she has had articles published in the Edmonton Journal and Birth Issues. She began writing children’s stories to accompany sweaters that she knit for her grandchildren. Her first published children’s book came about after she entered the Writer’s Union of Canada’s “Writing For Children” Competition in 1999. Barbara Azore lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
GEORGIA GRAHAM, born and raised in Calgary, has been using chalk pastels since childhood. She began using artwork to entertain children in her Sunday school class and has illustrated several children’s books, including Wanda and the Wild Hair and Wanda and the Frogs, by Barbara Azore. The Lime Green Secret, which she wrote and illustrated, was published to critical acclaim. Georgia Graham lives on a tree farm in central Alberta with her husband and dog, Ginger.
“Marvelously and energetically illustrated…Humorous chalk paste illustrations bring hair out of control to exuberant life, practically popping off the page in cartoony splendor.” —Children’s Bookwatch “Entertaining illustrations in chalk pastels make the most of Wanda’s luxuriant hair.” —The Horn Book Guide
Wanda and the Wild Hair by Barbara Azore; illustrated by Georgia Graham