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No Haircut Today! Hardcover – April 14, 2005
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PreSchool-K–A touching and playful story about a little boy's fear of getting his hair cut for the first time, and his mom's frustration at having tried everything. Dominic's hair is a mess–short in some spots, long in others, curly here, straight there. His mom cuts and styles hair and makes other people look great, but "When Dominic sees SCISSORS he screams!" The contrast of a minimum amount of rich color centered on a bright white page captures the drama of this time-honored, coming-of-age problem, while the varying sizes of the fonts emphasize the intensity of the fear and frustration felt by Dominic and his mother. When he asks, "MOMMY! Are you mad at me?" (looking a lot like Linus from Peanuts), they hug, say I love you to one another, and laugh. "No haircut today!...Maybe...tomorrow." Great fun for a read-aloud, and good sharing one-on-one.– Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL
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PreS-K. Savadier's first solo picture book, like titles in David Shannon's David series, invites children to get acquainted with a willful but irresistible toddler. Dominic refuses to get a haircut, preferring to leave his scribbly mane just as it appears in his front- and side-view mug shots: "LONG in some spots and SHORT in other spots," curly in places and straight in others. Typical barbershop inducements are useless; a haircut in a chair shaped like a car still involves scary scissors, and Dominic's response is "NO!" Savadier serves up text as distilled and spot-on as her pen-and-watercolor illustrations, fluidly sketched on plain white backgrounds and evocative of Jules Feiffer's abbreviated style. The concluding hug from Mother (and indefinite postponement of the dreaded cut) will reassure young ones nursing their own irrational but nonetheless overwhelming fears. Savadier's splotchy rendering of skin tones is occasionally distracting, especially in close-ups, but the humorous depiction of a familiar situation will win hearty laughs from both parents and children. Jennifer Mattson
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Summary: A little boy has messy hair. He doesn't want a haircut. He doesn't like haircuts. His mom is a haircutter, and she's really good at it. He doesn't like haircuts. She's upset. She still loves him. So, no haircut today, maybe tomorrow. The end.
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The solution being to meet your child where he is in his deveopmental fears and challenges, and to offer a safe haven first and foremost.( a haven of love, of humor, of compassion). The solution is to create a solid safe base so that the child can begin to feel secure enough inside himself to move beyond his fears and resistances. That is not done by a rigid "solution" but by trusting that you as parent are initiating a process. For me the pictures, rather than lacking depth and style, showed all the raw emotion that only this loosely penned style can accomplish.
"If anyone tries to hold his head
no matter how gently
This drama upsets his mother (who is a hair stylist herself), and Dominic wonders if she is mad at him. However, they each say "I love you," and the somewhat beleagured looking mother decides that there will be "NO HAIRCUT TODAY!" (but, "maybe...tomorrow.")Dominic looks delighted rather than comforted, almost as if he got away with something...
While not every book must have a message--and some do worse because they try to impart one--"No Haircut Today" seems unfocused. While I appreciate the flexibility shown by the mother, and the compassion for Dominic's dilemma, no solution is offered. The pictures lack depth and style (though the font changes are interesting), and that last shot of Dominic seems off. Perhaps this might be a nice story for rigid parents (if they're not offended at your gift) or haircut-phobic kids, but there's not much else going on here.