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The Hairdo That Got Away

Written by Joseph Coelho

Illustrated by Fiona Lumbers

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The Hairdo That Got Away Review

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 3+ readers Featured Books for 5+ readers Funny Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

A touching story about family interactions – and hair! When Dad takes his son to have his hair cut they spin the stories of Rapunzel and Sampson into the excitement of a hair cut. The new look brings new power! But when Dad goes away there are no more haircuts. The little boy gets more and more lost as his hair grows longer and longer. It is as if his thoughts and feelings are all tangled up in the wayward curls. How will he ever feel happy again? Poet Joe Coehlo tells the story of a moment of sadness in a child’s life with great sensitivity and a suitably hopeful ending.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

The Hairdo That Got Away Synopsis

Once a month, Dad takes his son to the barbers, come rain or shine. But when Dad disappears, this little boy's hair grows big, ginormous, out of control - and so do his feelings.

A touching and melodic story of family separation from a child's perspective from the author/illustrator duo who brought us the Amnesty International recommended picture book Luna Loves Library Day.

The Hairdo That Got Away Press Reviews

A touching story about family interactions - and hair! Poet Joe Coelho tells the story of a moment of sadness in a child's life with great sensitivity and a suitably hopefuly ending. - LoveReading4Kids, Pick of the Month November 2019

A lyrical, emotional look at the effect of separation, paired with Lumbers' richly textured art. -- Fiona Noble - The Bookseller

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ISBN: 9781783449064
Publication date: 06/01/2022
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781783447824
Publication date: 03/10/2019
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783449064
Publication date: 6th January 2022
Author: Joseph Coelho
Illustrator: Fiona Lumbers
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Funny, Personal Social Health Economic , Divorce, Family Issues

About Joseph Coelho

JOSEPH COELHO is a performance poet and playwright. He has written plays for the Polka Theatre, the Lyric, Hammersmith, and the Unicorn Theatre. He performs his poetry shows with the UK's top performance poetry organisation, Apples and Snakes, visiting venues across the UK. Joseph's poems have appeared in many anthologies, including Green Glass Beads by Jacqueline Wilson and The Works 6, edited by Pie Corbett, but Werewolf Club is his first solo collection. He lives in Folkestone, Kent.

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