Hamish Hairdresser and the Arty Hairdo

Hamish is the worst hairdresser in the world. Too many curls, too many plaits, too many beads – and not enough hair! These are the complaints of Hamish’s customers, so that soon he doesn’t have any customers at all. No one will come near him

Then Hamish’s friend, Aron Artist, asks him for a special arty hairdo for an opening night. Hamish is nervous. What if he messes Aron’s hair up on this special night? When he falls asleep while Aron’s hair dye is working, it seems disaster might strike. Will people like Aron’s blue, red and purple striped hair?

It is more than just the art (by Russell Tate) in this series which has a retro feel. The focus on jobs and the use of a small format book with text on one side and illustration on the other also adds to the feel.

Hamish the Hairdresser is part of the Buzz Town series from new Australian publisher, Ibis Publishing. A useful addition to the book is the presence of suggestions for parents inside the front cover. The Ibis website has additional ideas.


Hamish Hairdresser and the Arty Hairdo, by Adrienne Frater, illustrated by Russell Tate
Ibis Publishing, 2004