Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott – Book #14 in the Countdown to Halloween

Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott

ONE MORE WEEK! ONE MORE WEEK! Yes, I’m very excited. I, also, have my very first storytime tomorrow! It’s going to be so much fun!

Hope all is well with everyone! And now onto a very fun book about a little boy and his unusual barbering skills.

Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott is about a young boy whose father is a barber. Once a month, on the full moon, the little boy sneaks out of his house (accompanied by Vlad) to the barbershop. They set up for a night of trims, styles, and monsters. This little boy is the hairdresser to the Monsters.

This book is fun to look at and read. It’s pace is very even, almost slow. You get a feeling that this little boy has no fear over the creatures that come walking through the door. He is very level and composed. The author plays on words, as well, adding to the fun. With supplies such as “rotting tonic,” “horn polish,” and “shamp-ewww” this boy has everything he needs to make sure that all the monsters get exactly what they want.

The pictures are wonderfully done. The monsters are somewhat comical (taking some of the “scariness” away from them for younger readers) and the haircuts that are shown (Frankenstein’s buzz cut, Medusa’s braiding) are interesting for young kids to look at and strike conversation about these different characters. Personally, I love the look on the boy’s face as he tries to figure out what the skeleton would want for his haircut.

A fun read for all ages, this is a great bedtime story during the Halloween season!

Quick Facts:

Author: Matthew McElligott

Ages: All

Publisher: Walker & Company, New York, New York


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