Even Monsters Need Haircuts

40p. 978-0-80278-819-1.
K-Gr 2—The young narrator learns a lot from watching his barber dad in action—how to give a good haircut or trim, treat his clientele with respect, and give them what they want—even if the "regulars" are monsters. Literally. Once a month, Frankenstein, Cyclops, Vlad, Medusa, and others fill the barbershop chairs after midnight strikes, and the boy (who never breaks the rules and NEVER leaves the house alone) stands atop a ladder or chair, and—clad in monster slippers, pj's, and "shamp-ewww"-filled pockets—competently gives each customer a new do. With a jewel-toned palette in ink, pencil, and digital art, the shadows of night brighten in the barbershop to bring out the personalities of a lighthearted collection of monster-inspired characters. The art invites both inspection of humorous details for individual readers and an opportunity for exploration of voice and mood in a read-aloud. Fears of the unknown are faced as a human arrives at the shop during the wee hours, yet the boy ("More nervous than I have ever been") never backs down and takes care of business. Narrated in the voice of a child, this offering is perfect for young readers facing a bit of personal anxiety.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services Plano ISD, TX
When the full moon rolls around, a little boy heads to a barbershop; there he cuts the hair of assorted monsters. Silly puns ("shamp-ewww") and visual gags ("Can you take a little off the top?" says a headless man) bolster the humorous premise. The art features scads of creatures, some familiar (Frankenstein's monster) and some made up for this story.

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