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Even Monsters Need Haircuts Hardcover – July 20, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1 edition (July 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080278819X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802788191
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 8.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Product 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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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
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More About the Author

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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jason Golomb VINE VOICE on 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 By James N Simpson on 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 By Lehane's on January 3, 2011
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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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This is a great little book and a favorite for my four-year-old grandson. Fun and easy to read. We recommend it!
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By Kim on June 5, 2014
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My son is very interested by "scary" things. It is a good funny book with all sorts of monsters. Great for small children.
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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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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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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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