Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Super Hair-O and the Barber of Doom by John Rocco (Disney Hyperion)

Super Hair-O and the Barber of Doom

Written and Illustrated by
John Rocco

Published by Disney Hyperion

With a crash, a zoom, and the odd "Spla-doosh!" a new superhero enters the children's book arena. Blessed with hirsute powers, meet Super Hair-O! This is the sort of book that has us tucking pillowcases into our neckline, running around the house mock-fighting Ninjas and bending steel girders (alright, Kitchen Roll tubes).

Meet Rocco, who has a lovely thatch from which he derives his super-powers (or so he believes!)

He ran run faster, jump longer on his BMX and perform feats of derring-do, just like the heroes in the comics he idolises. With his band of hairy friends, they're a force to be reckoned with, protecting their local neighbourhood.

But there's a villainous figure lurking in the shadows of a shop with a candy-striped pole outside. The Barber of Doom! Inevitably, Rocco must meet his fate at the hands (or rather the scissors) of this mysterious figure.

Why must he take Rocco's hair (and powers!) Whyyyyy!! Oh cruel world!

We absolutely loved this book to bits, with lots of great comic-like artwork and a fast-paced story thanks to Caldecott winner John Rocco. Charlotte kept asking why one of Rocco's friends kept saying "Dude!" all the time though (took a bit of explaining). Overall though this is a brilliant book for the superhero in your life - particularly if (like Charlotte) they don't exactly relish trips to the hairdressers!

Charlotte's best bit: The weird little "DUDE!" guy who crops up throughout the story

Daddy's Favourite bit: A brilliant homage to comics and superheroes, a book so good that it makes you want to tousle its mane and tweak its tresses. Love it!

(Kindly sent to us for review by Disney Hyperion)