Maxwell the Monkey Barber by Cale Atkinsonby Cale Atkinson

Published August 9th 2016 by Owlkids Books

4.5 Stars

Synopsis: 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 nohair. 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.

My 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.

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