Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Review - Stephanie's Ponytail

Stephanie's Ponytail
by Robert Munsch
illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Date: 1996
Publisher: Annick Press
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 24
Format: e-book
Source: library

None of the kids in her class wear a ponytail, so Stephanie decides she must have one. The loud, unanimous comment from her classmates is: “Ugly, ugly, very ugly.” Steadfast, when all the girls have copied her ponytail, she resolves to try a new style. With true Munsch flair, each of Stephanie’s ponytails is more outrageous than the last, while the cast of copycats grows and grows.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This book is labelled "Classic Munsch", but as it came out in 1996, it's a little after my time. I hadn't read it before.

There's not much of a message, except maybe to be yourself or you might end up bald. Seriously, though, the story really was in the classic Robert Munsch style, with plenty of repetition, fun characters, and adorable illustrations by longtime collaborator Michael Martchenko.

It's not one of my favourite Munsch books, but it was entertaining enough.

Premise: 3/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 3.17 out of 5

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