Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut EVER! by Jeff Cohen
Illustrated by Elanna Allen
Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Family / Siblings
Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3
Pages: 32 Jacketed Hardcover 10×10″
Date Published: June 3, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s
Meet Eva and Sadie in debut picture book author Jeff Cohen’s Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut EVER! The book was inspired by the viral recording of NPR reporter Jeff interviewing his two little girls explaining the worst haircut ever. When big sister Sadie notices Eva’s hair is just too long and getting out of control, she decides to take matters into her own hands. When the haircut is over and there’s a pile of hair on the floor, Sadie realizes she may have done something wrong. What will Eva and Sadie’s parents say? Will they be able to fix the worst haircut ever? With beautiful illustrations from Elanna Allen, young readers will love reading a story based on a real-life sister act! In the same vein as Fancy Nancy, the fun and creativity of sibling relationships shine through in this sweet tale of cutting hair and learning lessons.
Only one typo, a missing end quotes after “I feel really really terrible.”
This was fun and quirky and absolutely appropriate for our story before naptime today with my girls (almost five and three years old, as of this summer). As a parent that has experienced that horror movie soundtrack in the back of my mind when my youngest daughter runs into the room with full on squealing with glee “Look what [AppleBlossom] did, she gave me a haircut!” I know how ‘that’ particular surprise feels and the mix of horror and adoration of cuteness… (In the most recent particular incident she actually cut a few side bangs for both of them, and it actually looks pretty good and stylish, however I left that comment for just the Enginerd’s ears and my stern face greeted the girls.)
Sadie and Eva are adorable and their experience is another great reminder for the girls of what NOT to do (including climbing in the tub, standing on the toilet, and opening mama’s cabinet!) and a good conversation and discussion starter on what they should do with their opinions. (If you think her hair is causing a problem, such as brushing the potty when she sits, tell us! And we can discuss real options as a family.)
I’m delighted with the cuteness of this book and do agree that it is in the same vein as Fancy Nancy sibling love. I definitely think fans will agree. Sadie and Eva are fun and I wouldn’t mind more if their adventures.
As of now I haven’t heard the original NPR radio-telling of the story, but I plan to look it up soon.
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Jeff Cohen has been a reporter since 2001, first in newspapers and now at public radio station WNPR in Hartford. His work has aired on NPR’s national broadcasts of Morning Edition and All Things Considered. A proud New Orleans native, he currently lives in Middletown, Connecticut with his wife, two trouble-making daughters, and their slightly less-troublesome cats. This is his first children’s book.
Elanna Allen graduated from Brown University and studied animation and illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has designed characters and directed animation for Playhouse Disney, Nick Jr., and PBS. She lives in New York City with her husband and two boys and is currently trying to learn to play the ukulele.