Big Wig by Jonathan Hillman, illustrated by Levi Hastings

Big Wig by Jonathan Hillman, illustrated by Levi Hastings. Paula Wiseman, 2022. 9781534487710

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Format: Hardcover

Genre:  Fantasy picture book

What did you like about the book? A picture book from the point of view of a wig! A big pink wig belongs to a kid named B.B. Bedazzle, who, according to Wig, is “the most fabulous queen, by far.” Wig has big dreams, and when people acknowledge them and clap, they get even bigger. Wig knows that they can help kids’ wishes come true, and at the Big Wig Ball, Wig wins the prize, even though they are not the biggest of all.

Free rhyming text and bright digital art with glitter in a pink-dominated palette convey the excitement of dressing up for a drag event. B.B. Bedazzle presents at first, according to a family portrait, as a cis-gender white boy, but is transformed when wearing eye shadow, jewelry and Wig. For kids who cannot get enough portrayals of wig-wearing drag queens, this story about a young queen in training can fit the bill.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The rhyme scheme is all over the place, and feels disjointed at times, making it hard to read aloud.

To whom would you recommend this book? Pair with The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish by Lil Miss Hot Mess for a drag-themed story time. For ages 4-9.

Who should buy this book? Elementary schools and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: April 20, 2022

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