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Even Monsters Need Haircuts

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Even Monsters Need Haircuts

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 st
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published July 20th 2010 by Walker Childrens
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Taylor Patterson
(Monarch Winner)
This book is great for slightly children because of the funny illustration and play on words. It would be a good book to read during Halloween, or if a class is talking about hair. This is one of my favorite books I read for class.
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dorothy Schultz
TED 2360
Primary Book

The golden sower book I chose for the primary readers is: Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott. My target audience would be the primary age group and the genre is “picture book with a fantasy tale.”

My pre-reading strategy will be to include print awareness focusing on one of the letters such as the letter M for monster that is used in the story or letter H for haircuts. On a whiteboard I can either write the letter M (or H) with words from t
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott is a very hilarious look at monsters, and a boy following in his father's footsteps in a uniquely funny way.

Once a month, the son of a barber slips out to go to work and cut hair. Although his customers are mostly regulars, they are anything but normal, since even monsters need haircuts. Business is steady all night, and this barber is prepared for anything with his scissors, rotting tonic, horn polish, shamp-ewwww, and stink wax.

The mostly strai
Lindsay Surmeier
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
“The book we are going to read today is Even Monsters Need Haircuts (show cover). Have any of you had a haircut before? (children respond). Do you think monsters would need haircuts too? (children respond). Who cuts their hair? Do you ever wonder that? (children respond). I am going to read a sample from this new book just to see what it is about. I am curious. (open to page) ‘The sun will be up soon, and the monsters have to go. We sweep up the shop. We flip back the pictures and turn out the l ...more
Jaime Kline
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: state-awards
”[Show Cover.] How many of you like monsters? [Children respond.] How many of go to a place to get a haircut? [Children respond.] I wonder what it would take to cut a monster’s hair. [Opens front and back end pages.] I wonder what these bottles are used for. What do you think these bottles are? [Children respond.] We should see how this page of the book describes the bottles. [Reads page 9.] ‘I unpack my supplies. The rotting tonic, horn polish, and stink wax go on the counter. The shamp-ewww go ...more
Suedlana Askharia
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I think Even Monsters Need Haircuts is a great fantasy picture book for kids that are in kindergarten through third grade. This book is about a barber's son who goes to the barber shop at midnight every full moon. He opens up shop to all his "special" monster customers. Some of his regular clients are Frankenstein, Medusa, Vlad the Vampire, and many more! The illustrations in this book are very eye catching and quite funny as well. I thought the ending in this book was really clever and will giv ...more
Lisa Lathrop
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a primary picture book (ages 5-8) and definitely for independent reading by Jack.

I chose this book for Jack because he enjoys funny books and he also has books about monsters and dragons. The little boy in this book encounters all kinds of monsters, some typical and some not, and one which is particularly funny to both monsters and the little human boy. It's a fantasy of sorts which Jack likes (after all, are monsters real?) as well.

My statement to Jack: "I found a funny little book for
Oct 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I'm always looking for not too scary books to add to my Halloween story time and this one will definitely get a spot. The barber's son is the monster's barber, and once a month on the full moon, he gets picked up after midnight by a bat named Vlad and taken to the shop to meet his customers. Bright illustrations and lots of humor (the monsters and boy all getting scared when a regular human appears for a hair cut, until they realize his head comes off!) keep it from getting too scary. Fun for th ...more
Jan 20, 2015 added it
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The School Library Journal Review discussed the personal anxiety issues which could be drawn out from the book to be discussed. I had concentrated on the "fun" part of the book, and how he was following in his father's footsteps. I don't usually like scary formatted books for Pre-K, but this one was done in such a clever, light way it could certainly be used to approach anxiety issues with students.
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: educ378-spring
Text-to-self connection
I chose this book because I have a 5 year old son who hates getting his haircut. I thought this would be a great story to read to him to make getting a haircut less stressful. He really enjoyed the story and I have read it to him twice. He will need another haircut in a couple weeks and I wonder if it will help him feel less afraid.

This book might be good to share with students in October. It makes monsters seem more personable and less scary. This might help children see
Ms Threlkeld
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Some clever jokes and unexpected moments in this fun story about monsters stopping by a barber shop once a month.
Aimee Owen
Mar 23, 2012 rated it liked it
This barber is up past bedtime, styling the hair of things that go bump in the night...
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
I had one of my students read this book to me during the month of October. She was in the Halloween spirit already, and she loved the cute and spooky illustrations. This is a fun book that gets kids excited about a seasonal story.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
one of my monster favorites to read to kids! I Love it !
Jason Anthony
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My son absolutely loves this book and it's a joy to read.
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Funny! Love the wordplay and the clever and surprising details in the artwork
Marion Abbott
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful! A charming and creative Halloween tale that children of all ages will love.
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
Audience: Primary
Genre: Fantasy
Pre-Reading Strategy:
I would use a picture walk for the pre-reading strategy for this book because it has some fantasy aspects in it that some students may not have had experience with. For example, some students may not know much information about monsters and why they are out at night. I think that a picture walk would give the students a better understanding of what is happening in this book. A picture walk is a strategy where the teacher asks the students ques
Todd Burleson
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Monarch Book Assignment

I was immediately drawn to this book. I loved the cover image; Frankenstein pouring over a newspaper with his 'cheater' reading glasses while the young boy is perched precariously on a ladder snipping those last few hairs off the top of a flat top haircut. This author has a terrific sense of humor. This was confirmed by the dedication page. I should have known that the book would be great when I read it: "To Christy and Anthony, and to Hank Hodge, who for twenty-seven year
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: state-awards
For this book, I chose to use the following five openings: activating prior knowledge, prompting predictions based on the title, drawing attention to the setting, telling the meaning of a key word, and prompting brief sharing of personal experiences related to the topic/theme.


“The book we are going to read today is titled, Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott. Do you know any monsters – like Frankenstein (pointing to him on the cover)?” [Opening move: Activating prior knowle
Jun 02, 2014 added it
Shelves: state-awards
Look at this book [show cover]; describe to me what is going on? [Children respond] This book is about a little boy who is a barber. Does anyone know or can guess what a barber does? [Children respond] A barber is someone who cuts hair. As you can see, he doesn’t just cut anyone’s hair; he cuts monsters hair. Why do you think monsters need haircuts? [Children respond]. Let’s read to see if we can figure out why Even Monsters Need Haircuts and why the boy decided to be a barber.

First I wanted to
Jan 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
What first attracts you to a picture book? In the case of my next read, a much-worn library book by Matthew McElligott, it was the title: Even Monsters Need Haircuts. With a title like that, who could resist? If I were rating the book on the strength of its story alone, I would place it on the top of my list. From the very first page, my curiosity was piqued:

My dad is a barber. I like to watch him work. I’m a barber too.

I wonder: Why is this boy a barber? The next page further reels me in, by te
Casey Lindstrom
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eced-221
This is a fantastic book about a little boy who's father is a barber. One night out of every month he goes to his father's shop and gives the local monster's their haircuts. The monsters come in and receive their haircuts and the story describes them one by one with the creative pictures. When the night is through all the crazy hair products designed for monsters are taken back home and the mess is cleaned up, because humans need haircuts too.

The plot of this story is a positive one. The charac
Amy Forrester
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Once a month on the night of the full moon, the monsters come to the barbershop to get their hair cut. The barbers son, a young boy with a swoop of brown hair, makes sure the shop is open and stocked with all the necessities: rotting tonic, stink wax, and the ever important shamp-ewww. All night long he cuts hair for monsters of all kinds - short, tall, three-headed, five-eye-balled, eight-legged and every kind of monster in between. At the end of the night the monsters help the boy restore the ...more
Jamie Drutz
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
The first thing I noticed upon opening this book was the endpapers, which showed a collection of hair care items such as conditioner, shampoo, hairspray, and even mustache wax. I thought this was funny and figured that the story would probably follow closely with the title. The illustrations in the book are double full bleed pages with a playful text that matches the tone of the story. I started to notice small details in the images that made me want to look closely at each page. In one picture, ...more
Opening: What words come to mind when you think about monsters? Turn to your neighbor and try to come up with at least three words to describe monsters. We think of monsters as scary, unlovable creatures, but what if monsters were more like us than we think? In this book, even monsters need haircuts!

Opening Moves: Lay groundwork for helping children understand the theme; prompt the listener to notice details

Rationale for Book Selection and Connection to Other Books in Set: Being empathetic invo
Sweet on Books
May 17, 2011 rated it liked it
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 ...more
May 27, 2014 rated it liked it

1) Opening: What happens when you go for a haircut? Do you like it? How often do you go? What is the name of the person that cuts your hair? In the story, Even Monsters Need Haircuts, we will learn about a boy who has a very unusual job. What makes his job unusual? As we read the story, your reading purpose is to think about whose point of view the story is written from. Why do you think the author wrote the story from this point of view? Could it be written from another point of view? Please di
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Audience: Primary
Genre: Picture Book/Comedy
Pre-Reading Strategy: Picture Walk


For the picture walk, I would do this strategy with a large group of kids in a public library setting. I would introduce the title of the book, who wrote it, and what we see on the cover of the book.

First, I would start off with the first page and ask them what they see. After their responses, I would skip a few pages to the one of the little boy sneaking out of his house at night, asking "Now, what do you think
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Matthew McElligott is the author and illustrator of many books for children including the Mad Scientist Academy series, Even Monsters Need Haircuts, Backbeard the Pirate, and the Benjamin Franklinstein series. His books have been published around the world in many languages on five continents. Recent awards include the 2012-13 Oregon Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award for The Lion’s Share and t ...more
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