The Haircut cover

By Theo Heras & Renne Benoit

The Haircut

A confidence-boosting story about a little one’s first haircut from the creators of Hat On, Hat Off, Baby Cakes, and Where’s Bunny?

Uh oh, hair in eyes—it’s time for this little one’s first haircut. The barbershop comes alive with sensory details as he watches other customers and bravely takes his own turn in the chair. Clip, clip, clip…Now there is a big boy in the mirror!

Theo Heras and Renné Benoit once again capture the toddler experience with simplicity and charm. In this “Toddler Tough” book complete with a padded cover, rounded corners, and extra-heavy pages that are easy to turn and hard to tear, The Haircut is perfect for little ones who are just beginning to feel big.

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Ages 1-3
ISBN: 978-1-77278-095-6
List Price: $19.95 CAD / $17.95 USD
Hardback with soft-to-touch book & reinforced binding
Trim Size: 9.00 x 9.00 inches / 22.86 x 22.86cm
Pages: 24

Distributed in Canada by University of Toronto Press

Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services

Carton Quantity: 36

About this book

Awards and Honours

  • 2020 Toronto Public Library First & Best List (Commended) (Canada)



Praise for The Haircut

2020 Toronto Public Library First & Best List

“Filled with humour and honesty, the book sets up an atmosphere where it’s okay to feel your feelings and that the adults are there to be supportive and gentle….The balance of discomfort and delight throughout the story is a lovely way to introduce young children to new experiences, like haircuts, and set the stage for conversations about other new things.”—Canadian Children’s Book News

“A great read aloud for fathers and sons to bond over this ‘first haircut experience’ and to ease the anxiety for toddlers in going to the barbershop.”—Youth Services Book Review

“What a wonderful book to read with toddlers (and then get them reading for themselves) who will be experiencing their first haircut….Whether a parent wants to help a child to prepare for that first haircut or to reminisce about that first experience, The Haircut is there for a snuggly read.”—CanLit for LittleCanadians

“Told with simplicity in short, clipped sentences, The Haircut will be relatable to toddlers, many of whom will have some anxiety about getting their hair cut for the first time. The large book format, with padded covers and rounded corners, is perfect for little ones, and the heavy pages make it both durable and easy for toddlers to turn the pages. Renné Benoit’s soft watercolor illustrations, rendered in muted shades of blue, tan and sienna with pops of red, add charm to the story….Recommended.”—CM Magazine

“This picture book for ages one to three prepares a child for their first visit to a hairdresser or barber….I loved the illustrations by Benoit as well. The boy is so cute and his expressions are so relatable. A great book for any library or home collection.”—Canadian Bookworm

“The text is wonderfully spare – this would be a delightful pick for a baby or toddler time, where attention spans are often limited…Heras was a children’s librarian for 24 years, and it shows in her writing – she really knows what makes for a successful book for the littlest listeners. And as always, Benoit’s illustrations are charming…”—Raincity Librarian

“Heras shows how something a little scary becomes much easier with Daddy along to make it better….A cute story to share with kids that are worried about their first haircut.”—Mr. Alex’s Bookshelf

“The first haircut, or actually most haircuts for a young child, can be a scary experience. This is a good book to share with a child who might be nervous about getting a haircut.”—Mrs. Book Dragon


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