From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2—Pete enjoys watching his father shave until, one morning, Dad unexpectedly shaves off what little hair is left on his balding head. The boy spends the day contemplating this new style, observing how other men handle hair loss and, with his mother, looking at photos of Dad's various hairdos through the years. At bedtime, Dad asks Pete if he should keep the new look and the child answers by giving him a kiss on his bare head. Quite a few youngsters can identify with the experience of having a parent radically alter his or her appearance, and the author subtly examines the emotions that these changes stir up. O'Malley's digitally colored cartoon artwork underscores the tale's humor. Although the illustrations are uneven and occasionally suffer from poor page placement, they are animated and mesh well with the buoyant text. Despite the book's shortcomings, this lighthearted story could encourage fathers to explore their own hair loss with their children.—Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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About the Author
Paul Many isn't nearly as bald as the pop in this book. He has written three young-adult novels for Walker & Company, all of which were New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age and one a Bank Street College Children's Book of the Year. His previous picture book from Walker, The Great Pancake Escape, was a Los Angeles Times Best Children's Book. Paul lives with his family in Ottawa Hills, Ohio, and teaches English and journalism at the University of Toledo.
Kevin O'Malley is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including Walker & Company's Straight to the Pole, Lucky Leaf, and several books in the bestselling Miss Malarkey series. Kevin's hilarious, kid-friendly picture books have received numerous accolades, including many starred reviews and several SLJ Best Book of the Year awards. Kevin lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his family.