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Maxwell the Monkey Barber

by Cale Atkinson

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list price: $18.95
published: 2016
publisher: Owlkids Books Inc.
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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.

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Editorial Reviews

"Maxwell the Monkey Barber has humor, imagination, tact, diplomacy, and lots of fun and delight for young readers."

— The Midwest Book Review

"Delightful... The illustrations are bright, lively, and full of color. The characters are packed with personality and show great expressions. A fun read-aloud for storytimes or classroom sharing."

— School Library Journal

"For young ones who fear or revere the stylist with the scissors coming straight for their precious hair, Cale Atkinson's barber hero, Maxwell the monkey, will provide plenty of reassurance (along with an abundance of warm-hearted amusement) for both those with trust or diva issues."

— The Vancouver Sun

"The exaggerated facial expressions of the characters convey great emotion... Preschoolers and kindergarteners will certainly enjoy [this book's] exuberance."

— Quill & Quire

"A wonderful shelf addition... Atkinson's illustrations are the perfect addition to an engaging story... Highly Recommended."

— Canadian Review of Materials

"The simple story is written in rhyme and the illustrations are quite delightful. Younger readers will enjoy this book."

— Resource Links

"The bright, colorful illustrations are full of action and expressive animals... Fun for a jungle or a hairy storytime or as bibliotherapy for tots scared of the barber."

— Kirkus Reviews
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Cale Atkinson

Cale Atkinson is an illustrator and animator living in Kelowna, Canada. He has worked with clients such as Disney and Scholastic.

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