Maxwell the monkey operates a barbershop, where he offers everything from a trim to a chop. He excels at helping his fellow animals look shipshape and feel their best, no matter how unruly their locks. Whatever the coiffure quandary, Maxwell is your monkey. He tames Baboon’s curls, styles Lion’s mane, and trims Bear’s beard, exclaiming each time: “Your hair’s the best I’ve seen today!”
All’s well until Elephant comes in, feeling sad because he has no hair. Can Maxwell help? Of course! After some careful thinking, he devises a solution to help even Elephant feel his best.
Cale Atkinson’s bright, cartoon-like digital illustrations beckon readers into Maxwell’s world in this playful tale. Rhyming text, speech bubbles, and a refrain make this story a fun read-aloud accessible to early readers. Full of personality and style, Maxwell has a genuine charm and enthusiasm for helping others that kids will find immediately contagious.
Grade Range: PreK3
Fountas & Pinnell: J
Reading Recovery: 17
Lexile: AD 520L
About the Author
CALE ATKINSON is an author, illustrator, and animator. Maxwell the Monkey Barber is his fourth picture book. He is also the creator of To the Sea (Disney Hyperion) and Explorers of the Wild (Disney Hyperion), and illustrator of If I Had A Gryphon (Tundra Books). He lives in Kelowna, British Columbia.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a cute rhyming story of Maxwell the jungle barber who is a monkey. He cuts the mane of a lion, the beard of a bear and more. Then the elephant comes in and asks him what he can do for his cold head as he has no hair. This is a great book for young children or as a bedtime story. The illustrations are appealing to children and they will love the different characters in the book. I recommend this book to 2-5 yr. olds. I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
My 7 year old thought that Maxwell the Monkey Barber was, "okay but kind of babyish." My 5 year old loved it! She wanted to read it again and loved it the second time around too. As a parent, I thought that this story was cute. I would buy it for a 1-5 year old. I received this book from netgalley in trade for a review. The cover captured my attention.
There's no monkeying around with this barber because he has quite the job to do! Maxwell is the jungle's barber, and it's his job to help all the other animals with their hair emergencies--a task he gladly fulfills. A snip and a snap, and he can tame the most wild mess, creating a perfect do. That is, until the elephant comes with a problem Maxwell hasn't encountered before. Watching all the different animals march through Maxwell's shop is a joy in itself. The colorful illustrations capture the hairy fun in ways that is sure to make young readers giggle for glee. There are enough details to draw readers' attention time and again while still staying simple enough for even the younger listeners. The sneaky, growing pile of hair in the background adds a lovely dab of what might come without being overly obvious. And the antics catch the animals' personalities, making these pictures easy to flip through and get a story all on its own. The vocabulary is very fitting for the age group and easy to read. Sticking to rhymes, the adventure takes on a cute atmosphere very fitting to the monkey antics. Sometimes the rhythm is off, which breaks the flow while reading the book aloud, but the story pulls through nicely, holding even more distracted listeners' attention. It's a cute, fun read which draws in with the illustrations and is sure to leave a smile after seeing those wild hair styles. I'm giving this a 3.5 but rounding up to 4. I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Maxwell the Monkey Barber wants to help everyone look their best. He trims, chops, cuts and makes his customers look and feel their best. When elephant comes to see him he is sad that he has no hair and his head is cold. Maxwell wants elephant to feel as good about himself as his other customers so he thinks and thinks to come up with a solution. Seeing all the hair on the floor from his previous customers, he comes up with a solution. The story is told in rhyme which is quite catchy. The repetition will also appeal to young children as they can "read along". I love the illustrations. They are bright and colourful cartoon-like animals that will definitely make the little ones smile. A great book for family libraries as well as primary schools and classrooms. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.