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Even Monsters Need Haircuts PDF Print E-mail

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.
• Check out Matthew McElligott's website for fun games, lesson plans and even a recipe.
• This book is up for a Children's Choice Book Award. Click here to vote.
Sweet Book 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.
Author: Matthew McElligott Illustrator: Matthew McElligott Published: 2010, 40 pages
Themes: Excellent Read-Aloud, Family Life, Humor, Imagination, Monsters
Sweet Discussion Questions:
• Are you scared of monsters? Are the monsters in this book scary? Why or why not?
• What kind of work would you like to do when you grow up? Would you like to do what your dad does? Why?
• Do you think that the little boy is brave to work with monsters? When have you done something brave?
• Can you come up with a twist on your dad’s job? What would his job be like if he had to work with monsters?
If You Liked This Book, Try:
Mitchell's License, Hallie Durand
Jeremy Draws a Monster, Peter McCarty
Never Babysit the Hippopotamuses, Doug Johnson
This recommendation was written by: Melissa G.
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