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Ella Kazoo Will Not Brush Her Hair

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  159 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
Ella Kazoo would rather do anything than brush her hair, especially when she could be skipping in the rain and dancing in the sunshine instead. As her hair grows from bad to worse, soon it's out of control! Something must be done to tame her wild locks, and although it's no easy task, Ella and her mother find a solution that makes them both happy. Riotously demonstrating t ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Walker Childrens (first published January 1st 2006)
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You can't imagine how much I like this book unless you had unruly, messy, tangly-strangly hair as a child and you were in extreme PAIN every time it was brushed. If only I could have said "No!" Then again, I like to see the progression of what happens when the hair isn't brushed. And the resolution was rather fun, too. So glad it wasn't mine, though! I love my hair too much for that! I am also happy to say that I have been brush-free for over 5 years now. How? Oh. I've learned the secrets.

Oct 09, 2015 Nola rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
3.5 stars. Ella Kazoo refuses to brush her hair even though it gets tangled and frizzy. When it runs amok and starts overtaking the house, will she finally give in to the requests of her longsuffering mother?

Good rhyming text and fun illustrations, though Ella was a little too bratty for me.
Oct 29, 2012 Miri rated it did not like it
I was kind of suspicious about this book as soon as I saw—after reading the title—that the girl on the cover had curly hair. My suspicions were confirmed when I read it. In the first place, little girls with curly hair shouldn't brush it, so that's probably the mom's fault in the first place for trying to force her. And I was not at all amused to see that Ella's friends—who are all neat and tidy, wearing princess dresses and looking at Ella's messy hair with disgust—of course they have straight ...more
Apr 21, 2015 Emma rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-2015
My son has beautiful auburn curls. Seriously, they are gorgeous. But as curls will, his hair gets frizzy and rat-nesty and plain old CRAZY. So we fight and we cry and we beg and we bribe to get the washing and brushing and doing done.

Naturally I thought this would be a great story for him. I was wrong. It started off so adorable and relatable. AND THEN. SPOILER ALERT. The solution? The stupid mom takes Ella to get all her beautiful hair lopped off.

Um. No. You damn quitters. May as well have ende
Jun 29, 2010 Loren rated it liked it
One of my "goodreads friends" reviewed this book which meant I had to read it. I love the topic for Erin hates to brush her hair hence the "posh" bob hair style which works so well for us. I liked the illustrations although I thought they went a bit over the top (which is the point of the book). The ending was a surprise and Erin found it very funny. A cute read for preschoolers could be a bit disturbing for wee ones.
Feb 12, 2013 Tessa rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-book
If you have a little girl who refuses to brush her hair, this would be a good book to read with her - especially if she doesn't want to cut her hair either. We got it because we have a daughter named Ella but she spent the whole books saying, "I would never do that!" and "That little girl should mind her mommy!"
Kate McCartney
Ella hates to have her hair tended to, so she avoids to the point of her hair having a life of it's own. There have been several books of late dealing with unruly hair. This is a cute attempt. It has a fun rhyming text that at times has to try to hard to accomplish it's goal. Overall though I liked it, this book makes for a fun read.
Feb 03, 2010 Marie rated it really liked it
Delightfully funny story of a little girl who won't brush her hair. A hilarious cautionary tale! The rhythm and rhyme are seamless. This appears to be a newly illustrated version of the story. Not having seen the other, I can't compare but I think these illustrations do the rhyme justice, especially her expanding and outrageous hair.
Oct 13, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a number of books about unruly hair out there, and I have not read them all. I did like this one, because it reminded me of my childhood. My mother said when I was very young I never wanted to sit still to have my hair brushed, so she always kept my hair short. This sort of had a Sarah Sylvia Cynthia Stout will not take the garbage out feel, not as good, but similar.
Maria Burel
Jun 21, 2012 Maria Burel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
We LOVED this lyrical story of a young girl who simply WILL NOT brush her hair. Her mother pleads, threatens,and finally gives up, but Ella Kazoo is one determined little girl. UNTIL the day her hair interferes with her own play.

Ella Kazoo so exemplifies the stubborn nature of young children. Parents will nod in understanding, while children will laugh at Ella's antics.
Jun 02, 2016 Jonasanddelice rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-buy
As a mama who has Sensory Processing Disorder, and had this same battle with my mother as a child, this book was refreshing. It validated the child's feelings and modeled a respectful, mutually satisfying solution to a common struggle.
Julie Grasso
Apr 28, 2014 Julie Grasso rated it it was amazing
We just love this book. The rhyme is so entertaining and the illustrations are vibrant. A great read aloud, we would recommend for ages 3-6. My almost three year old asks for this over and over and we never deny it as we all enjoy this book.
The Library Lady
Feb 19, 2010 The Library Lady rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
That haircut would NOT tame curls like Ella's--being the curly haired mother of 2 curly haired daughters, I can tell you that as a fact. Though if it would, please give me the name of Ella's beautician!
Mar 01, 2011 Yolanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: early-reader, 2011
I. Loved. This. Book.

How can I not? It's about a little girl who really doesn't want to get her hair brushed. How many women out there remember their Mother trying to brush your hair and it just hurting and you just want it to stop? Yeah. That's this book right here. Loved it!
Brush your Hair
Brush your hair every day, give yourself a treat.
Part it, braid it, brush it back, but always keep it neat. Brush it once, brush it twice, keep it nice and clean. Brush and brush the tangles out, and see the lovely sheen
Ella Kazoo hates to have her hair brushed, and she refuses until finally, her hair nearly grows her and her mother out of their house. Eventually, Ella gets a hair cut, and life simplifies considerably.
Melissa Dwyer
Aug 06, 2015 Melissa Dwyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally rated G+ by Jody Smith
I read this book to my Kindergarteners. They loved it. They thought it silly, crazy, and fun. We voted and the majority said yes they would check this book out. The story is written in rhyme and has a good read aloud beat to it.
Christine Turner
A little girl refuses to brush her hair until it becomes so unruly that it takes over everything.


Hair -- Juvenile fiction

Stories in rhyme
Shallowreader VaVeros
Funny rhythms with gorgeous glorious unruly locks. Loved it!
Aug 04, 2010 Amber rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Rating this a 4 for my daughter who really likes it. A cute fun book. I probably would have rated it a 3 if she didn't enjoy it so much :)
Mar 14, 2011 Stacie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
cute little book with fun rhyming. Becca really enjoyed it, especially watching the hair grow and gather up all kinds of things.
Ecl  Storytellers
Mar 11, 2014 Ecl Storytellers rated it really liked it
How many words for hair can YOU think of?
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
For all the little ones who would rather look like wild beasts than have their hair combed.
Weird - my copy is illustrated by the wonderful Cathy Wilcox.
Jun 05, 2013 Maxine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Evie favourite book at the moment
Apr 04, 2012 Jaime rated it really liked it
My daughter Ella loves this book & I enjoy reading it to her!
Jun 15, 2011 Shantel rated it really liked it
This is a fun book, with great rhymes and vocabulary.
Destinee Sutton
Funny rhyming story of a girl whose hair gets totally out of control. May be a good choice for a kid who's afraid to get a haircut. Or somone looking for lots of synonyms for "hair."
Sep 14, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it
(Picture Book)This is a fun book about a girl who will not brush her hair, and the increasing mess it becomes. The illustrations are cute, as each turn of the page shows longer and messier hair.
Sep 04, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-library
28 months - three days after reading this book O has not argued with me at all about brushing her hair and doing her pigtails or ponytail. Cute book and it seems to do the trick! :D
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