Title: Punk Wig
Author: Lori Ries
COPING ILLNESS E RIES
A child helps her mom pick out a wig to have adventures with while she’s undergoing chemotherapy.
Mom is on her way to the hospital to get “alien blobs” zapped with medicine. The alien blobs are cancer. The treatment helps, but it also makes Mom lose her hair. One day she says, “Today is wig day,” and she and her son head down to Hariett’s Hair, where they find wigs of all styles and sizes: big hair, short hair, spiky hair, and curly hair. Finally, Mom finds the wig she’s been looking for – and it looks perfect with her jeans and leather jacket. Lori Ries’s loving story of a mother whose son gives her constant support during chemotherapy is illustrated with warmth and humor by Erin Eitter Kono.