Here's a book about a problem EVERY parent can relate to -- and one that's right on the money. In a simple, beguiling way Elivia Savadier captures the trials and tribulations leading up to a child's first haircut. The reader is first introduced to Dominic's hair -- some of it curly, some straight, but no matter what shape it's in, Dominic has no intention of having it cut. His mother is beside herself but when Dominic sees that she's upset, a change of heart may be in the offing...
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Elivia Savadier has illustrated many books for children, two of which received the Sydney Taylor Award from the Association of Jewish Libraries. No Haircut today! is the first book she has written and illustrated. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Ms. Savadier lives in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, with her husband and their daughter Sayde.
PreS-K. Savadier's first solo picture book, like titles in David Shannon's David series, invites children to get acquainted with a willful but irresistible toddler. Dominic refuses to get a haircut, preferring to leave his scribbly mane just as it appears in his front- and side-view mug shots: "LONG in some spots and SHORT in other spots," curly in places and straight in others. Typical barbershop inducements are useless; a haircut in a chair shaped like a car still involves scary scissors, and Dominic's response is "NO!" Savadier serves up text as distilled and spot-on as her pen-and-watercolor illustrations, fluidly sketched on plain white backgrounds and evocative of Jules Feiffer's abbreviated style. The concluding hug from Mother (and indefinite postponement of the dreaded cut) will reassure young ones nursing their own irrational but nonetheless overwhelming fears. Savadier's splotchy rendering of skin tones is occasionally distracting, especially in close-ups, but the humorous depiction of a familiar situation will win hearty laughs from both parents and children. Jennifer Mattson
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