Even Monsters Need Haircuts

Even Monsters Need Haircuts

by Matthew McElligott


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802728012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 07/03/2012
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 266,446
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 3 - 6 Years

About the Author

MATTHEW McELLIGOTT is the author of several books for children, including The Lion's Share, Absolutely Not, and Backbeard and the Birthday Suit. He teaches at Sage College and also visits elementary schools around the country.


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Even Monsters Need Haircuts 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
JGolomb More than 1 year ago
"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-ewww. 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.
madamepince on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute plot and illustrations, with a joke that young children should get.
KaraCalderon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:This is a cute story about a boy whose dad has a barber shop during the day. Once a month on a full moon the little boy goes to the shop at night and has his own barber shop, but his is for monsters only! At the end of the night he gets a ride home on one of the monsters back, and his dad is none the wiser, until maybe he reaches for what he thinks is gel, but is rotting tonic.... because afterall everyone needs a haircut at some point!Personal Reaction:I loved this! Thought it was really cute for Halloween. It wasn't too scary, it had the right bit of humor, and the pictures were really cute!Classroom Extensions:1. Discuss what kind of monster they think would need a haircut, and what they might look like.2. Have them draw what their monsters might look like after a haircut.
bookladyYM More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my PK-3rd graders, and they all loved it. The illustrations are fantastic and there are so many little details that are fun to point out to the children. A great interactiv Halloween book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My five year old and three year old girls love this book. The pictures are great and the story is very cute.