Harriet’s Horrible Hair Day

One day an unruly curl pops out of Harriet’s nice, neat braid—a wriggly, wavy, horrible curl.
Price: $7.95
  • ISBN: 9781682630358
  • Publication date: 02/01/2018
  • Page Count: 32
  • Size: 9-3/8" x 9-3/8"
  • Age Range: 4-8


One day an unruly curl pops out of Harriet’s nice, neat braid—a wriggly, wavy, horrible curl.

When Harriet’s sister offers to fix her rebellious curl, they launch into a series of outrageous, hair-raising schemes to tame Harriet’s wayward ringlet. Despite their best efforts, another curl breaks loose…and then another…and then another. Soon the yard and the house are a wreck, poor Harriet is exhausted, and her head is covered in curls.

Dawn Stewart’s rollicking, boisterous tale, vividly brought to life by Michael White’s brilliant and quirky illustrations, will entertain young readers while helping them to see that the root of our problems is sometimes all in the way we look at them.


Dawn Lesley Stewart


Dawn Lesley Stewart’s writing has appeared in several literary journals, and she has served as the editor of The Longfellow Journal. She lives in Massachusetts.

Michael P. White


Michael P. White is an award-winning fine artist and the illustrator of several children’s books. He lives in Georgia.


“The elaborate, messy, and absurd attempts at repair are entertaining, as is the dialogue of the sibs (who are clearly enjoying their experimentation) as they put Harriet through their tender ministrations….[The artwork] has an electric energy that will appeal to viewers. The anthropomorphized dog and cat cavort divertingly through the proceedings; though the siblings appear not to notice them, kids in the audience will get a kick out of their antics. If you’re looking to take the knots out of a bad hair day, try this.” ―The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


Best Bets for the Classroom (Picture Books) ―Virginia Center for the Book, 2000

More Details

F&P: L, Gr 2, Genre F
Lexile: AD550L
Themes: Problem Solving, Self-Esteem, Siblings
BISAC 1: JUV013070 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Siblings
BISAC 2: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
BISAC 3: JUV051000 JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play

Books By Dawn Lesley Stewart