This Monster Needs a Haircut

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Introducing a lovable monster with a hairy problem

Stewart is a monster. He has wild, crazy, messy hair that's perfect for scaring, collecting spiders, and hiding after-school treats. But when Stewart's hair grows so long that things start getting lost in it, his parents decide it's time to intervene. Stewart disagrees. His hair is awesome! But when Stewart's hair keeps him from doing his very favorite thing, he realizes it might be time to ...

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Overview

Introducing a lovable monster with a hairy problem

Stewart is a monster. He has wild, crazy, messy hair that's perfect for scaring, collecting spiders, and hiding after-school treats. But when Stewart's hair grows so long that things start getting lost in it, his parents decide it's time to intervene. Stewart disagrees. His hair is awesome! But when Stewart's hair keeps him from doing his very favorite thing, he realizes it might be time to reconsider.

With slyly funny text and uproarious illustrations, this humorous account of a much-feared experience is a must-have for every monster—and every child, too.

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Publishers Weekly
Pen-and-ink drawings, black hand- lettering, and helpful explanatory arrows give newcomer Barton’s monster tale the visual feel of a sketchbook. There’s nothing sketchy about the storyline, though—a jaunty voiceover drives it steadily forward. Stewart appears on the first page with an arrow pointing toward him. “Why, hello!” Barton starts. “This is Stewart.” Stewart has a purple body, teeth that would send an orthodontist running for cover, and a green mop of hair. Stewart believes that scary hair is essential for monsters. Readers know he’s going to get a haircut—the fun is in getting there. Moments of comedy (Stewart’s mother sprays his hair with “Super Giant Mega-Detangler”) and serious reflection (Stewart writes an earnest letter to his father: “I like myself just the way I am. Thanks, Dad. Sincerely, Stewart”) alternate as Stewart and his father come to a rapprochement—though it’s the scornful laughter of bystanders that finally pushes Stewart toward the barber. Monster-centered laughs abound, but an atmosphere of civility prevails; Stewart’s family and friends are as calm and supportive as his hair is wild. Ages 3–5. Agent: Stephen Barr, Writers House. (July)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Stewart is a grape-colored monster shaped like a humanoid robot. He needs a dentist and, yes, a haircut. His olive-green locks writhe away from his square head, and, in the course of the story, get longer, more tangly, and, finally, occupied. A spider is keeping a toothbrush, lollipop, ipod, etc., company. But does Stewart listen to his friend Feliz or to the urgings of his parents to get a haircut? He does not. (At least, not until-well, let's just say there's a fine line between scary hair and funny hair.) Barton's ink-and-Photoshop pictures are as wild and disorderly as the protagonist's locks. They're more exuberant than organized, and a little effort will be needed to follow the story. More significant is its length, which exceeds the attention span of the book's likely audience. While excellent haircut-themed books abound, such as Don Freeman's Mop Top (Viking, 1955), Elivia Savadier's No Haircut Today! (Roaring Brook, 2005), and Matthew McElligott's Even Monsters Need Haircuts (Walker, 2010), the silly illustrations might catch some young readers' attention.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Visually energetic but unsophisticated, with pedestrian text, this may be selected more by parents hoping the humor will coax their kids into a haircut than by the kids themselves. "Why, hello! This is Stewart. Stewart is a monster," plods the opening. An arrow points to Stewart, whose hair is green, curly, wavy and wild. Skinny, curling tendrils of hair supplement bold black outlines; Barton's mixture of thick and thin lines is the best part of her loose, freewheeling ink illustrations. Being a monster, Stewart "loves all the things that monsters love," including spiders (for hair decoration and play) and helicopters (for eating). Stewart's ever-lengthening hair is an obstacle. It blocks classmates' view of the (tolerably funny) school blackboard: "Tonight's homework: find human homework and eat it!" Candy, crayons and keys disappear into the unruly green coiffure. Stewart's parents believe it's haircut time, but the decision is Stewart's, and he resists. Not until his prowess at frightening others becomes compromised does Stewart fold, chopping the green locks down to a popular, spiky "scare-cut." It's fitting that inability to incite fear feels intolerable to a monster, but some adults will cringe at the fact that Stewart—previously confident—changes his hairstyle specifically because other characters laugh at him. Neither terrible nor terribly interesting; Elivia Savadier's No Haircut To EWSLUGp2005 is a more distilled treatment of the same subject. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803737334
  • Publisher: Dial
  • Publication date: 7/5/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 594,580
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Bethany Barton's art has been featured in numerous films and television commercials, as well as in gallery shows and installments around California. She lives and works (making art and painting sets) in Los Angeles, California. This is her first book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    As a parent who spends hours in the children's section of the bo

    As a parent who spends hours in the children's section of the bookstore trying to find books that are entertaining AND make sense; this book is a gem! It's brilliantly colorful and full of humor that even my 7- and 8- year-olds enjoy. The illustrations are charming and original keeping my sons looking for new details every time we read it. As a parent of a high-functioning autistic child haircuts (and many other "normal" activities) can be frightening and challenging for our family. This book is making our routine trips to the stylist easier and much more enjoyable. We can't wait for more from Bethany Barton.

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  • Posted November 25, 2012

    This is a great book, entertaining for both children and adults!

    This is a great book, entertaining for both children and adults! It makes the act of reading a child's favorite story over and over a bit less monotonous. Barton's illustrations and clever storyline are a great combination and I consider this a must-have book for any child's library.

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