The Craziest Haircut Adventure: Animals in My Hair by Mili Fay

A little boy with wonderfully crazy hair gets a haircut.  As the haircut begins — animals emerge!  It’s chaos!  By the end of the story, so many animals have materialized, they are able to open a ZOO!  (Now that is one eventful haircut!)

This is a magnificently and richly illustrated picture book.  The premise is simple, but the execution is divine.  Each page is filled with gorgeous illustrations and imbued with concepts such as: counting, colors, and (both familiar and rare) animals.  The pace of the story makes it impossible to put down.  The tone makes it a joy to read.  It is only full of fun and good things.  This is probably one of my favorite picture books of all-time.

Animals in My Hair.  Mili Fay. Ages 1 to 101+. Mili Fay (Publisher). June 2013. 55 pages. ISBN: 978-0-9919128-0-3. Fiction.

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You Should Read Animals in My Hair because:

  • I’m being redundant, but the illustrations are that amazing!  They’re full and lively and intricately detailed and just… completely absorbing!  The illustrations fill the page and are so large it feels like it pours out into the room.
  • The font is its own artwork as well.  Most of the words are hand lettered and those that are not blend into the illustrations.  The colors are colored, the numbers are part of the animals’ habitats, and words like spotted are, indeed, spotted.  It’s a feast for the eyes.
  • The story is fun and crazy!
  • All of the characters are good, there’s no conflict, and everyone behaves well.  You can read this book to anyone.
  • Excellent vocabulary and a vibrant introduction to some less familiar animals like Greater Prairie Chickens and Pigmy Short-Horned Lizards.
  • It really encourages reading.  The words are big and very accessible to new readers.  The words and illustrations are spaced in such a way that it makes it easy and fun for new readers to read a whole page by themselves!  It’s very well done.

How My Four-Year-Old Son Responded to Animals in My Hair:

He loves this book!  It has so much on each page that we never just sit and read it straight through.  Each time we read it, he comes up with new questions to ask me.  I have found him many, many, many times over the past four months looking at it by himself.

While the illustrations are dazzling, the story holds it own, too.  My son loves the tone of the story and there’s so much you can do and act out with it.  Animals in My Hair would make an awesome forensics piece for high school competitions.  (You don’t really read this story as much as you perform it.)

Last, but not least, is that 30% of the profits from the first edition of this book go to the Toronto Zoo.  How awesome is that?  (Very.)

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Where Obtained:  I received a review copy from the author.  No other compensation was received.  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.”


    • Hi Cami! This book is wonderful. This book made me so grateful that I started this blog. There is no way I would have heard about it if I hadn’t started this site and it just fills me with gratitude that this book found its way to my family. We’ve enjoyed it so much! I hope you get a chance to check it out. Thank you so much for stopping by! I really appreciate it!

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      • Cami

        I just wanted to let you know that I bought the kindle version right after I saw this post. It’s such a cute book! The illustrations are BEAUTIFUL! I look so forward to seeing what other treasures I find through your blog! Keep up the great work!

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