Perfect Picture Book Friday: LITTLE MEDUSA’S HAIR DO-LEMMA Plus PB CRITIQUE Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends! Today’s featured book is special for me for several reasons…I can really identify with the main character whose hair is often a do-lemma, especially when her mom insists she wear her python in it. Of course, I didn’t have a python, but I did have unruly hair – ultra-curly and frizzy – and I lived in New York City where it’s humid EVERY season of the year. Also, I’m a huge fan of talented author Jenny Buchet. And guess what? Jenny is offering a PB CRITIQUE to the lucky winner of the giveaway. Make sure you leave a comment below – maybe you can tell us how you felt about your hair when you were a kid.


Written by Jennifer Buchet

Illustrated by Cassie Chancy

Published by Clear Fork – May 11, 2021

Ages: 5-8

Themes: Family traditions, mythology, stay true to yourself

Synopsis: From Amazon:

Little Medusa comes from a long line of snake-loving, serpentine-wearing Gorgons. When she receives her very first snake, Little Medusa discovers that having a snake slither and slide through her hair isn’t so great after all. And to make matters more difficult, she begins questioning if she really wants to scare her friends to stone with her new forever friend. Using her imagination and heart, Little Medusa tries her best to please her family, her best-pet snake, and herself.

Based on Greek Mythology, Little Medusa features Common Core Connections and explores the universal themes of following family tradition and staying true to oneself.

Why I love this book:

  1. Such a great message – finding a way to respect family traditions while staying true to oneself – and I love that there is a bit of mythology that young kids will be exposed to.
  2. Excellent text helps us connect with the main character and cheer her on.
  3. Vibrant illustrations will keep young readers engaged.


Make a Medusa Head Covering

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WOW…this is amazing! Check out the link for details on how to make this and other amazing crafts:

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Please remember that the best way to tell an author that you love her book is to buy it if you can, review it, tell friends about it, and ask your local library to purchase copies for their collection.

And for more wonderful picture book reviews and activities, please hop over to Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday.

Don’t forget that today is the last day for kids to send in their #50PreciousWordsforKids stories via email to me: And don’t forget to leave a comment below and tell us if you had any issues with your hair-do when you were growing up…maybe attach a photo, if you have one, of what you looked like when you were a kid. And please SHARE this post on social media to spread the word about this wonderful new book!

Come back tomorrow for a fantastic Will Write for Cookies with Brian Gehrlein – and of course, on Sunday, I’ll be posting all of the kids’ stories in a special Mother’s Day blog.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend – and a Happy Mother’s Day to all who fill the role of mother in a child’s life.

61 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday: LITTLE MEDUSA’S HAIR DO-LEMMA Plus PB CRITIQUE Giveaway

  1. I’m so excited for Little Medusa, Jenny! Congratulations!! When I was little, I had long, easily tangled hair. My mom had to help me fully brush it out. Finally, when I was about 8, my mom resigned from her hairstyling position and we chopped my hair. 😉

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    • I totally feel for your mom, as my kiddo is actually part of the inspiration behind this story! Most especially when I had to manage her “dancer’s hair do’s” 🙂


  2. I love this concept and including the Medusa myth, a fun character! I too struggled with crazy curls as a child and would have loved this book.

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  3. I didn’t have “problem hair” but I had a mother who, every morning, took a furious brush to my bob and insisted on clasping a white plastic barette on the crown of my head to hold my bangs out of my face. And I recall this now with great affections, though I was horrified when I was 7. Can’t wait to hold this book in my hands!

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    • That’s a fantastic description of a memory, Patricia! Did your 7yr-old self ever remove the barrette at school? 🙂


  4. In love with this book! I have just the right person in mind for this. Will definitely purchase. Congrats on this great debut! No great hair story from my youth. Long, long, long and pretty straight until my mom had it all cut off into a pixie because I wouldn’t sit still for braids.

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    • From braids to a pixie–that’s a massive change! My mom loved that pixie style too but I wished for the braids 🙂 Hope you enjoy the book!


  5. A new picture book for me to check out! I love the idea of this and the message to readers. I could sit on my hair as a child, so I mostly wore braids every day to keep it out of the way and from tangling.

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  6. I love the idea of a doo-lemma! My hair was blah – mousy in color and straight – absolutely no body. But I loved how it would bleach out in the summer!

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  7. Just the title/just the cover/just the idea – can’t help grinning at all of them!
    My hair dilemma came when my son was little. He would carefully pat down
    my fine, straight, volumeless hair, and proudly announce, “I flatted your hair,
    Mommy!” “Um, thanks, honey.” 🙂

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  8. I would love this book! In fifth grade I did not like my hair. First ever very short hair cut and my siblings would call it a bush. There were times my hair looked ok and others I didn’t like. I had very thick frizzy hair.


    • I think that there’s always been someone with better/prettier hair in school; we never notice that others’ may be envying our own locks, though!


  9. Congratulations, Jennifer! Vivian, you know how much I love the picture of you when you were little. My daughters had opposite hair, one was straight and never tangled, and the other had thick hair that had a mind of its own. I would brush the top layer and leave the tangles underneath so it “looked” fine but sadly there was a disaster of tangles underneath. We had to get her hair cut short (an adorable bob) to get rid of it. I love the mythology angle of your story.


    • Laura, that’s too funny! We should swap tangled tales of our daughters’ hairs! One of my least fave was helping my kiddo un-do her dancer’s hair (we used a lot of hairspray!)

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  10. The cover is amazing, Jennifer! After hearing you talk about the book at PB Palooza, it’s great to see it. As I still have hair do-lemmas all the time, I can’t wait to read this!


  11. What a fun do-lemma! I often try to guess how books will end, but this one stumps me, which I love. I can’t wait to read how Medusa solves her snaky problem.


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