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The Hairdo That Got Away

Written by Joseph Coelho

Illustrated by Fiona Lumbers

Key Stage 1 Family / Home Stories School Stories

LoveReading View on The Hairdo That Got Away

A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2019

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

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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

Praise for Luna Loves Library Day:

'This is a touching reflection on the power of reading to bring families together; Fiona Lumbers’ illustrations convey Luna’s vivid inner life, while Coelho’s lyrical style celebrates the joyful curiosity of early childhood.' Amnesty International

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783447824
Publication date: 3rd October 2019
Author: Joseph Coelho
Illustrator: Fiona Lumbers
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 1
Topics: Body / Health, Divorce, Family / Home Stories, School Stories

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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