Picture books for kids: Even Monsters Need Haircuts

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Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott is one of the Reading Kingdom’s recommended picture books for kids. Melissa Gaynor explains why:

“What You Need to Know:
• It’s a funny twist on a little boy’s dream of wanting to be like his dad when he grows up.

• Monsters may not seem so “scary” after you read this story.

Summary:
The little boy in this story admires his father, the barber, but when he imagines himself following in his father’s footsteps, he adds a whole new dimension to the career. Once a month, he slips out in the middle of the night and opens up the barbershop on his own. His customers come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common – they’re monsters! They’re not the usual scary type, though. These monsters are just like us. They act like humans do, reading the paper, chatting with friends, and playing jokes on each other. As was done in the Monsters, Inc. movie, McElligott takes the “scary” out of the monster and allows kids to relate to these wild creatures. They also remind us not to make judgments based on assumptions or appearances. McElligott’s entertaining illustrations fill the pages with fun details like the unusual pictures on the walls and the silly product names (putrefying cream and festering lotion) on the endpapers. Notice how the little boy wears a blindfold when he styles the “Medusa” monster – very clever! Don’t pass too quickly by that hilarious cover either. The expression on Frankenstein’s face is priceless.”

Have your children read Even Monsters Need Haircuts? What did they think of the book?

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