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Bad Hair Day (Whatever After #5)

4.35 of 5 stars 4.35  ·  rating details  ·  425 ratings  ·  30 reviews
After a tough day at school, I am NOT in a good mood. The perfect pick-me-up? A trip through our magic mirror! When my brother and I -- plus our new dog -- end up in the story of Rapunzel, we can't resist climbing her hair. Oh no! Her smooth locks suddenly look like they've been attacked by a cheese grater. Maybe a trim will help...Snip, snip. SNIP. Oops. Now Rapunzel's ha ...more
Hardcover, 165 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by Scholastic Press
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Abby and Jonah really messed up this time, when after unintentionally climbing Rapunzel's hair with soccer cleats, they opt to cut it off. Now they need to find a way to get out of the tower and convince Rapunzel that there is a better life out there -- even when you have short hair.

I loved how they both decided to take an adventure this time on purpose. After all the worlds they experienced, and folks they met, it's not that farfetched that they've developed some sort of addiction. Mlynowski h
I am a dedicated fan of this series! At the beginning of this year I vowed to read more middle grade fiction, and while I have not been doing so well with that resolution, I never fail to pick up the next book in this series. Abby and Jonah are two siblings who once stumbled upon a magic mirror that has the ability to take them into fairytales. This is the fifth book in the series, so they have already visited fairy tales like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White. This book takes them bac ...more
Abby had a bad day at school and Jonah said that they should go through the magic mirror to cheer her up. So, they went through the mirror and when they landed, Abby fell in a pile of mud. She was so bad and was still sad from her day at school. Jonah helped her up. Then, after Abby got cleaned off a little, Jonah and her looked around. They found a really tall tower. Abby knew than, that they were in Rapunzel. Then, Abby yelled "Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your hair." It worked! Abby and Jonah ...more
It's hard not to fall in love with the Whatever After series with its blending of a protagonist who lives in the modern world with her visits to the fairy tale world. In this, the fifth title in the series, fifth grader Abby and her younger brother Jonah go through the looking glass in their basement and happen upon Rapunzel. As usual, they must take care not to make too many changes during their visit or else the fairy tale itself will be forever changed. This Rapunzel is practically paralyzed ...more
In this fifth installment of the “Whatever After” series, Abby and Jonah find themselves in the story of Rapunzel. After entering the magic mirror, Jonah gets his cleats caught in Rapunzel’s hair, necessitating a haircut for her. This is devastating for Rapunzel, since her self-esteem is tied to her looks. The arrival of the witch sends Abby, Jonah and Rapunzel in search of the prince. When that venture fails, Abby tries to locate Rapunzel’s parents. After several twists and turns, they outsmart ...more
Mari Anne
This is a very cute and popular fractured fairy tale chapter book series. I found this one a little silly and slightly preachy for my taste. The message of, you are more than your looks and your successes and failures, is a good message, but one that was harped on ad nauseam. Still, I think fans of this series and its target audience of girls in grades 1-4 will enjoy it.
I loved this book. It was funny and kept me on the edge of my seat. Once again, Abby and Jonah get sucked into their magical mirror in their basement and end up in a famous fairy tale. This time, it's Rapunzel. I liked the fact that Rapunzel learned that her hair wasn't the one thing that made her unique. I love this book as much as the others in the series and I can't wait for the next book.
Pamela Kramer
Adorable fractured fairy tale for beginning / early chapter book readers. It's clever and the kids love reading these stories. Teachers and parents will love the underlying moral (very subtle!).

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Whatever After: Bad Hair Day by Sarah Mlynowski is the fifth book in her series about mixed up fairy tales. Frankie and Jonah are a brother and sister who travel through a mirror at night to fairy tales. This book is about their travels to meet Rapunzel. They meet her and change the course of the story. It always ends happily ever after. This book would be for the second to fourth grade student. It has chapters and is a fiction book. Each chapter begins with a pen and ink drawing.
The series is starting to get a little old, but my daughter still loves them. There were some nice moral lessons in this one - Rapunzel isn't just her beautiful long hair and Abby isn't just a spelling bee champ. I've reviewed the rest of the series here
The series is called whatever after. I liked it because my favorite fairytale is Rapunzel. A girl named Abby has a brother named Jonah and a dog named Prince. The dog barks every time someone says prince as in royalty because he thinks they're talking about him. They start to call prince as in royalty pickles.
Apr 20, 2014 Solikha marked it as to-read
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Abby and Jonah go into the fairy tale of Rapunzel and change the story. The ending left us with a bit of a cliff hanger can't wait for the next book to see how things get resolved for Abby and Jonah.
In the fractured fairytale fantasy "Whatever After" Jonah and Abby are up to it again.
In this story there's a lot of laughs.
I've read all of the books before this one and when I compare them this is probably my second favorite one.
I really enjoyed this book and I hope u will to!

This book is so good. I think it was the best one in the series so far .And I can't wait to see what the author comes up with next!!!!!
Brenda Kahn
This is the first of this series that I've read. I thought it clever fun if a bit message-y. I'll be backtracking to read the earlier installments.
Katie della Kim

I couldn't find the next one? Please help me figure it out. I truly love these books! thanks Sarah Mlynowski
They bring their dog along to go into a new story.
May 31, 2014 Rpharv marked it as to-read
Love this series can't wait to read!
It is a good book

Cristina Malena
In this whatever After book, the problems were very BIG and UNPREDICTABLE
C Martinez
Put as to read
Volume 5 has all the classic Whatever After components, including a messed up fairy tale and funny attempts to clean up the mess made by their presence. This book adds a dog to the cast of characters. There is also a stronger message (You are more than your looks). My 8 year old has powered through these and is now waiting on #6.
Another great addition to the series. The ending has a bit of a cliff-hanger to it.
Another cute addition to the middle-grade fantasy series, but the stories are beginning to get repetitive.
i really like this book.i like how they kind of mix up the story,and plus its packed with adventure
Once again, another great book in this series. This one has a great message for girls!
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
This time Abby and Jonah get all tangled up with Rapunzel's fairy tale.
Very Good! Kept me on the edge of my seat!
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Sarah is the author of BRAS & BROOMSTICKS, FROGS & FRENCH KISSES, SPELLS & SLEEPING BAGS and PARTIES & POTIONS—all in the YA ‘Magic in Manhattan’ series, as well as GIMME A CALL and the upcoming TEN THINGS WE DID (AND PROBABLY SHOULDN'T HAVE). Along with Lauren Myracle and E. Lockhart, she also wrote HOW TO BE BAD.

Sarah’s five novels for adults, MILKRUN, FISHBOWL, AS SEEN ON TV, MO
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Other Books in the Series

Whatever After (7 books)
  • Fairest of All (Whatever After, #1)
  • If the Shoe Fits (Whatever After, #2)
  • Sink or Swim (Whatever After, #3)
  • Dream On (Whatever After, #4)
  • Cold As Ice (Whatever After #6)
  • Beauty Queen (Whatever After, #7)
Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) Bras & Broomsticks (Magic in Manhattan, #1) Frogs & French Kisses (Magic in Manhattan, #2) Parties & Potions (Magic in Manhattan, #4) Spells & Sleeping Bags (Magic in Manhattan, #3)

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