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Even Monsters Need Haircuts [Kindle Edition]

Matthew McElligott
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Just before midnight, on the night of a full moon, a young barber stays out past his bedtime to go to work. Although his customers are mostly regulars, they are anything but normal-after all, even monsters need haircuts. Business is steady all night, and this barber is prepared for anything with his scissors, rotting tonic, horn polish, and stink wax. It's a tough job, but someone's got to help these creatures maintain their ghoulish good looks.

Perfect for Halloween, this is a hilarious story about a boy who follows in his father's footsteps . . . in his own monstrously unique way.


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Just before midnight, on the night of a full moon, a young barber stays out past his bedtime to go to work. Although his customers are mostly regulars, they are anything but normal—after all, even monsters need haircuts. Business is steady all night, and this barber is prepared for anything with his scissors, rotting tonic, horn polish, and stink wax. It's a tough job, but someone's got to help these creatures maintain their ghoulish good looks.

Perfect for Halloween, this is a hilarious story about a boy who follows in his father's footsteps . . . in his own monstrously unique way.

A Look Inside Even Monsters Need Haircuts
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Some customers are easy Some customers don’t know what they want

From School Library Journal

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
© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Funny, Bright and Cheerful July 24, 2010
Format:Hardcover
"Even Monsters Need Haircuts" is a fun picture book targeted to second graders and younger. The story is about a boy whose father is a town barber. Imitating his father, the boy has his own barber shop...of a different sort. Once a month, accompanied by his customer Vlad (as in Vlad Dracula), the the barbershop serves only monsters.

His customers include classic monsters like Frankenstein (he gets a flat top), Wolfman (not an easy cut), and others like a skeleton (the boy has trouble figuring out what to do with this one). My 6-year-old's favorites were Cyclops and Medusa.

At the end of the night, the boy and his friends put everything away, including the rotting tonic, horn polish, and especially the shamp-e[...]

The art is colorful, bright and cheerful. The monsters are cartoonish and friendly, so there's no concern of any overt fright.

The book would be a perfect Halloween time purchase.

I received this book from the Goodreads First Reads program.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Simple Story for Fans of Monsters March 18, 2011
Format:Hardcover
This is a very simple story with the basic plot being a child sneaks out to his father's barber shop on the full moon every month, where every monster knows, he will cut their hair for them. Only this time after giving most of the monsters in the shop at trim a new customer arrives, a human man. What will the boy do, he's never cut the hair of a normal human before?

The book works well due to just how simple it is. The illustrations mostly tell the story with the text referring to the pictures. Most monsters aren't mentioned by name either so it's a good one to point to and educate your child on the folklore of most of the world's most famous monsters. Some of the jokes in the illustrations might need to be explained such as the boy turning away while wearing a blindfold from Medusa's hair of snakes so he won't turn to stone. The illustrations like the text are simple and really well drawn. Any child who loves monsters will want to read this!

If you liked this you might also want to check out Adam Rex's Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich which is equally fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book January 3, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book, third in a series, is delightful. Both the 4 year old and 8 year old love the books. The humor in text combined with fantastic illustrations make a winning combination!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hit with my 4-year-old March 12, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
She and I read it for the first time together so I hadn't really seen it except for the couple of "look inside" pages that prompted me to buy it. It was even better than I thought it would be. The story is cute and the pictures are beautiful. I think as she gets a little older and starts to read better herself and improves her vocabulary she'll like it even more as she will be able to appreciate things like labels on the hair care products for monsters (I can't remember an exact one but like putrid hair spray and slime gel). There's even some suspense which is our favorite part. I very much recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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A fine young barber courteously tends to the grooming needs of a very unusual clientele every full moon from midnight to dawn. Then he and his friends clean up the shop for his father and the clientele that patronize the barber shop by day. The boy and a few of his client friends head back to the boy's house with the boy's backpack full of special grooming supplies.

The boy carefully obeys all the rules his parents taught him. Of course, there are a few more rules his parents might have added if they had thought of them. But then, this story would not have been nearly as charming.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars James's! Best book in the world April 8, 2014
Format:Paperback
I rated this book 5 stars because I liked the pictures and how the author drew them. It is a good book for kids up to 3rd grade. Little kids will love this book because there is not a lot of words!! My favorite part was when the skeleton was up for the shave but he had no hair!!!! You should buy it for your child 10 and under! Stop reading this and go buy it now!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone buy this book! February 18, 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
We were wondering how we would prepare our 18 month old little boy for his first haircut. This book is amazing! I can't express my satisfaction with it enough to do it justice. Now every time we say his hair is getting too long he says,"monster haircut?" Great, great book. Thank you Matthew McElligott!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful imagination January 14, 2014
By Will
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I got this book after the author visited my son's elementary school here in San Antonio for his book called blackbeard and his birthday suit. The kids really enjoyed that one as well. Mr. Mcelligot Will definitely be a part of our growing library at home.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor writing!
This book was so stupid. The writing is terrible! The artistry is cute, but I have members of my family that are artists and could have done the same job. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Penny Light
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is an excellent book. I have bought multiple copies and given as gifts!
Published 14 days ago by SunsetU2
4.0 out of 5 stars Kids enjoy it and that's what really matters.
This is a cute story. Not too wordy, pictures are cute and the story line is simple. I do find myself wishing that there were a few more words, or points made, but it makes a... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Cassi
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
cute book, but a little wordy for kids under 5 or 6
Published 1 month ago by Serena McKinney
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Only got to read the book once. Never worked again after that.
Published 1 month ago by Laura Elzinga
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandson loves it!
Purchased for my grandson for his birthday. He is loving this book.
Published 2 months ago by Hedwig5221
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids of all ages will love this book!
Yes, this is technically a kid's book ... but anyone who is planning on having a "next childhood" will enjoy it! (Why only have two childhoods!? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wardster
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book for boys or girls
My daughter got this book about a year ago at a book swap and it is still one of her favorites. She is now almost 5.
Published 3 months ago by Christine L.
5.0 out of 5 stars one of our favorites
This is a great little book and a favorite for my four-year-old grandson. Fun and easy to read. We recommend it!
Published 6 months ago by Fairchild 7
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
My son is very interested by "scary" things. It is a good funny book with all sorts of monsters. Great for small children.
Published 6 months ago by Kim
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Matthew McElligott is the author and illustrator of many books for children including Even Aliens Need Snacks, Benjamin Franklinstein Lives!, Even Monsters Need Haircuts, The Lion's Share, Bean Thirteen, and several books about Backbeard the pirate. Like Backbeard, he is big, smelly, messy, and not too bright.

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