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Maxwell the Monkey Barber Hardcover – August 9, 2016
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PreS-Gr 2-Maxwell the monkey is an expert barber who takes every challenge in stride. He has no problem taming a baboon's wild head of hair and can tidy an unruly lion's mane in the blink of an eye. Bear's scraggly beard is made neat and sophisticated in a matter of moments. Maxwell uses a variety of tools and works hard to make his patrons look their best. As the animals leave the shop, Maxwell makes sure to compliment each customer. But what's a barber to do when an elephant comes in sad and cold because he has no hair? Maxwell ponders and struggles to find a way to help his friend. All is not lost, and Maxwell comes up with the perfect solution. The surprise ending will definitely satisfy young listeners. This is a delightful book that children will enjoy hearing again and again. The narrative is told in rhyme and consists of some repetition, so children can participate in telling the story. The illustrations are bright, lively, and full of color. The characters are packed with personality and show great expressions. VERDICT A fun read-aloud for storytimes or classroom sharing.-Barbara Spiri, Southborough Library, MA
—Quill & Quire
"The bright, colorful illustrations are full of action and expressive animals... Fun for a jungle or a hairy storytime or as bibliotherapy for tots scared of the barber."
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Maxwell is the jungle's barber, and it's his job to help all the other animals with their hair emergencies--a task he gladly fulfills. A snip and a snap, and he can tame the most wild mess, creating a perfect do. That is, until the elephant comes with a problem Maxwell hasn't encountered before.
Watching all the different animals march through Maxwell's shop is a joy in itself. The colorful illustrations capture the hairy fun in ways that is sure to make young readers giggle for glee. There are enough details to draw readers' attention time and again while still staying simple enough for even the younger listeners. The sneaky, growing pile of hair in the background adds a lovely dab of what might come without being overly obvious. And the antics catch the animals' personalities, making these pictures easy to flip through and get a story all on its own.
The vocabulary is very fitting for the age group and easy to read. Sticking to rhymes, the adventure takes on a cute atmosphere very fitting to the monkey antics. Sometimes the rhythm is off, which breaks the flow while reading the book aloud, but the story pulls through nicely, holding even more distracted listeners' attention.
It's a cute, fun read which draws in with the illustrations and is sure to leave a smile after seeing those wild hair styles.
I'd give this 3.5 but am rounding up.
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Animals off all shapes and sizes visit his barbershop to get coiffed-supreme. He snips, trims and extracts to perfection always complimenting his customers by saying:
"And before you go,
might I say,
I've seen today!"
Then one day an elephant enters his shop who is sad and downhearted. He is suffering near hypothermia because he has NO hair on his head. What is a poor elephant to do? Maxwell examines Mr. Elephant closely, and scratching his head, tells him to come back tomorrow for the anti-dote to the bald elephant's predicament. Pondering, thinking, puzzling, wracking his brain way into the night monkey finally reaches an Eureka moment! Clever little monkey has just the thing to put a smile on downtrodden elephant's face...can you guess what it might be?
The illustrations are bright, colourful, vibrant and enrich the storyline to perfection. The book is written in rhyme (something kids will love) and the humour depicted will have kid's smiling all the way to the end of the book. Sheer delight. I highly recommend this book.
There are few barbershop specific books for kids this young but it can be paired with other titles that from humor to serious, fantasy to contemporary, title such as, Wally Does Not Want A Haircut by Amanda Driscoll and Uncle Jed’s Barber Shop by Margaree King Mitchell. This is a fun tale just begging to be shared, especially in a storytime filled with children.
The story is told in rhyme which is quite catchy. The repetition will also appeal to young children as they can "read along". I love the illustrations. They are bright and colourful cartoon-like animals that will definitely make the little ones smile. A great book for family libraries as well as primary schools and classrooms. The publisher generously provided me a copy of this book through Netgalley.
With each animal that visits his shop, he exclaims: “Your hair’s the best I’ve seen today!” I gave it four stars because my favorite little boy liked it.
I received a complimentary kindle copy from Owlkids Books and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.
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A fun story for read alouds or one-on-one.
I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.