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Cowlick!    by Christin Ditchfield & Rosa Beardshaw order for
by Christin Ditchfield
Order:  USA  Can
Golden Books, 2007 (2007)
* * *   Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Locke

The book jacket alone is an attention-getter with a slurp of shiny saliva (imitation of course), spread across a young lad's forehead and hair. The latter rises into a cowlick, just as the title of the book suggests.

Rosa Beardshaw's brightly-colored, large-size character illustrations are superb! This oversize book is altogether delightful as Christin Ditchfield reveals how cowlicks are created, during the night, 'When the moon rises high and the stars shine bright', and small boys are asleep in their beds. 'Clip-clop' is heard in the hall, as a shadow appears on the wall. 'Closer now - tiptoe, tiptoe', she sneaks to the bedside, 'Sees a face so soft and sweet ... hair so smooth and neat'. Miss Cow cannot resist giving the adorable youth a kiss - 'Sluuuurrpp!' Voila! a cowlick.

Formerly a preschool and elementary school teacher, Ditchfield hosts the internationally syndicated inspirational radio program Take It to Heart! She has fifty books to her credit including A Family Guide to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I highly recommend Cowlick!, her first picture book.

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