Franny B. Kranny. There's a Bird in Your Hair!

Franny B. Kranny's long, frizzy hair is big trouble. It ties itself in knots on the buttons of her dress and gets stuck in the refrigerator door! But Franny B. Kranny loves her hair. She refuses to cut it and is furious when she has to get a fancy new hairdo for a family reunion. Then a bird decides to make Franny B. Kranny's hair its home, and suddenly Franny B. Kranny starts to like her new hairdo...

Best-selling author and psychologist Harriet Lerner and her big sister, biologist Susan Goldhor, co-authored the children's book What's So Terrible About Swallowing an Apple Seed? They team up again here with this hilarious and heartfelt story about daring to be different. World-renowned British illustrator Helen Oxenbury brings Franny B. Kranny, her wild hair, and her unique family delightfully to life. Children's Choice Award winner for 2002.


Franny B. Kranny marches to the beat of a different hairdresser. When her family encourages her to cut her long, frizzy, troublemaking red hair, she refuses outright. She loves her hair. And when, before the big family reunion, a hairdresser tries to tame her mop, piling it in a heap on top of her head, Franny seethes and schemes. But then something funny happens on the way home. A bird lands in Franny's hair, and she decides the fancy new hairdo isn't so bad after all. The snuggled-down bird presents some technical difficulties: getting into bed and taking a bath, for example. But when Franny turns out to be the hit of the family party, and her formerly disapproving parents and sister change their tune, this individualist does an about-face yet again!

Authors (and sisters) Harriet Lerner and Susan Goldhor previously teamed up on What’s So Terrible About Swallowing an Appleseed? In their latest endeavor, they create an appealing heroine and a thoroughly delightful, funny story that will have young readers everywhere daring to be different. World-renowned, award-winning illustrator Helen Oxenbury depicts with great humor the fiercely independent redhead, her mother (who has her own bizarre 'do), her prissy, sleek-haired sis, and the rest of the Kranny clan. (Ages 4 to 7)
- Emilie Coulter

From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2-Franny B. Kranny has extremely frizzy hair-and lots of it. Even though other kids make fun of it, even though it gets caught in things, she loves her locks. When the family is invited to a reunion, Franny goes to the hairdresser, who piles her tresses on top of her head. A bird finds its way into Franny's do and stays there; much to the child's delight and the family's chagrin, but the little redhead becomes the hit of the party. The people in this story are all a bit quirky. Mom has a broad blond streak in her black hair. Dad's reading glasses give him a perennially perplexed look. Oxenbury's illustrations are lively and fun…

From Booklist
Ages 4-8. Several recent books… have shared the curious plot element of a bird nesting on a person, but Franny is perhaps the most kid-accessible of the bunch. Little Franny has lovely, wild orange hair that everyone tries to tame. An upcoming family reunion finally lands her in the hairdresser's chair, where she receives an up-do in which a passing bird settles. Careful not to disturb her tenant, Franny makes it to the party with the bird still in place, to much acclaim. In the end, she cuts off her hair, giving the clippings to the bird for a proper tree nest. Kids who have battled unruly locks will delight in strong-willed, proud Franny and her hilarious family, wonderfully imagined in the great expressions and details in Oxenbury's illustrations. Breezy fun for story hours, with plenty of discussion opportunities.

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