Franny B. Kranny loves her long, frizzy hair, but it's always getting her into trouble. When her parents insist that she gets her hair put up for a family reunion, she has to do as she's told. But then a brown bird flies down and settles in her new hairdo on the way home from the hairdresser's.
Harriet Lerner and Susan Goldhar are sisters. Harriet is one of the most respected voices on family relationships in the US and has published several books on the subject. She and her husband have two sons, Matt and Ben. Susan, her big sister, is a biologist. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, a physicist. Helen Oxenbury is one of today's most established popular children's book illustrators. She first won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1969 and then again in 2000 for her classic and highly acclaimed version of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Other acclaimed works include the First Picture Books and the Tom and Pippo books, and three Smarties Book Prize-winning picture books, Farmer Duck: We're Going on a Bear Hunt and So Much, all three of which were also Highly Commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal. In addition, So Much won the Kurt Maschler Award Helen is married to illustrator John Burningham and they have three children.