Wally is a sheep who absolutely doesn t want to get a haircut It isn t until he gets stuck in the hay, that he decides that he needs to cut his hair After he cuts his hair, he realizes that it wasn t that bad overall This book s colorful illustrations of each aspect of the book from him getting stuck in the hay to how he looks when his hair is cut enhance each sentence of the story and allows kids to see what is really going on in the book Even the front cover of the book shows Wally with tree limbs in his hair which enhances the meaning of the book The book would be great for parents to read to their children, when their children are getting a haircut for the first time or to just deepen the understanding to children that parents are usually right about most things and will always be there for their children when they need them the most I would use this book to teach my students the importance of facing your fears and I would also just use this book for story time because it is a fun book to read It is a relatively quick read so it would be perfect for something to do when my class only has 10 minutes left to recess. Wally Does Not Want a Haircut is about a lamb who refuses to get his hair cut No matter how much dirt and leaves and even other animals tangle his wool, he doesn t want it cut His mom tries to cut it but ends up scaring Wally into a haystack where he gets stuck The only way out is through a haircut The book uses very few words and large images to catch the readers attention The book is probably aimed at a younger audience Sound effects and alliteration like snippety snip bzzz and swicka swicka are used to make the reading less dull and help children to hear the story and connect with it and the sounds that are used The illustrations are large, use just enough color, and are easily enjoyed by the audience Words are also placed in capitals, italics, and different fonts so the teacher or reader can give life to the story The book could be used for emergent readers in classrooms This story teaches a simple lesson to children Even though a child might not want to do something, it might just be because they are scared or don t see the positives of an alternative Once Wally got stuck, he realized that his decision led to a problem Once it was cut off, he got to do his favorite things, including the most important hugging his mother Very sweet story and very entertaining The technical aspects of the book work well together to send home a small, but well connected, message. A Bright Barnyard Tale From The Author Of Duncan The Story Dragon About Facing Your Fears And A Pair Of Shears , And Learning That A Hug From Your Mama Can Make Just About Anything Seem PossibleWally Does Not Need A Haircut His Hair Is Perfectly Fine Sure, It Trips Him Up A Tad And Gathers A Bit Of GreeneryBut Wally Does NOT Want A HaircutHe Doesn T Even Want One After His Mama And Their Barnyard Friends Show Off Their Own Fun New Dos But When His Unruly Hair Holds Him Back From The Hoedown, He Might Have To Reconsider Amanda Driscoll has a knack for creating charming characters and placing them in lively stories told with live art and words Wally, a sheep who dreads shearing time, sustains that tradition Any parent who has cajoled a young child through the first haircut will smile while reading this book Kids will laugh out loud at the wacky fun as cows get curls and pigs wear wigs Wally may not want a haircut, but kids will want this book. Wally Does Not Want a Haircut by Amanda Driscoll is a beautiful yet funny tale about a sheep who does not want a haircut Even though his fur is dirty and things keep getting collected on him, he is still adamantly against getting a haircut Driscoll does an amazing job at using alliterations and puns in a way that will be funny to both adults and children reading it This book would be perfect to read to any children who are against going to the hair salon Driscoll makes her characters funny and relatable, which makes the story all the endearing Puns like when Driscoll says Wally went haywire, when he actually went into the hay, are little nuances that will make this read fun for any age The text relies on the illustrations to add to the humor and expand on the text The image that went with the text, Goats got top knots, bulls wore braids, and horses rocked Mohawks, would not be as humorous if it was not accompanied by the beautiful images of these animals with the wacky hairstyles Overall, I feel that this picture book is a fun and lively read for anyone, but that it would be a great fit to use with children in grades kindergarten to third grade Driscoll did an amazing job with both the text and images and showed us an endearing story and character in Wally. I actually discovered this book over the summer when I was nannying a four year old boy with autism and severe OCD was facing fears, and anxieties about getting his hair cut himself I searched the internet for a book that I could read with the child to help him face his fear that is when I stumbled upon Wally Does Not Want a Haircut This book was so helpful to the little boy We read it every day for two weeks and talked discussed why it was important for everyone to get their hair cut and maintain personal hygiene, and what happened to Wally when he didn t get a hair cut The best part of the book for my the the child was the use of onomatopoeia The pages are full of animated sound words, such as snip snip snip, buzztttt buzzzttt, and others This was very fun for reading but it also helped my boy deal with his fear We would sit in the barber chair and when he started to get anxious we would make the noises together The onomatopoeias really stuck with him and it was one of his favorite parts of the book The book was also filled with fun illustrations In each picture there is something new in Wally s fur, me and my boy would search each page and look for what was new in Wally s fur The illustrations were interactive and funny for both adults and children alike This book was the perfect book to help a child deal with fears and anxieties, and while I used it directly for a haircut it can be used for any fears. Wally Does Not Want a Haircut was very short and sweet Wally is a young sheep with tons of fur and refuses to come near scissors He quickly learns that his fur is only holding him back from all the fun with all the other animals His mother eventually is able to cut his coat, and able to give him a hug, which is one of the things his missed the most I was a little sad when I finished the book, as I was ready to keep reading I think this would become an excellent series of books focusing on Wally the sheep, and his life.The cover of the book is creative and pleasing to the eye Wally s attitude can easily be seen from the look on his face which would make any person want to open the book There was a nice choice of complementing colors throughout the book that weren t over whelming The pictures throughout the book did a good job of telling the story I feel as if there were no words throughout the book, you could still get a significant idea of what goes on throughout the book I also enjoyed the use of Onomatopoeia This book would make an excellent example for a lesson on onomatopoeia This really added to the story line and would make reading aloud to a class even enjoyable Wally Does Not Want a Haircut tells the story of a little sheep who does NOT want his haircut He thinks that his fluffy hair is perfect exactly the way it is His hair is very long it trips him up and collects all kinds of things His mother and friends even show off their fresh new hair dos But to Wally, his hair is perfect the way it is Wally is stuck in his ways until he realizes that his hair is preventing him from going to the sheep hoedown He finally decides to get his hair cut, and he LOVES his new do I loved this book and thought it was absolutely precious The pictures were so cute, and I loved the characterization that was given to each sheep I think kiddos would love this book, and would enjoy reading it You could definitely use this book in a younger elementary classroom You could use this in a unit on animals for smaller children ages 2 4 , and have them create their own sheep out of cotton balls For maybe kindergarten first graders, you could use this book to teach the important skill of listening Wally doesn t want to listen to his mother when she tells him he needs a haircut, and end the end she is right You could use this book in various ways in a classroom I was hoping for a little with this one The cover is what pulled me in, but I was a little let down Wally is afraid to get a hair cut so he has let his wool become such a large poof that he can t even hug his mama any He gets sticks and twigs stuck in his wool all the time In order to make Wally feel better, all the other farm animals get hair cuts to show him that it doesn t hurt, but Wally still won t budge BUT, something happens that forces him to ask for a cut and he quickly realizes it is no big deal Finally he gets to hug his mama again. Wally the sheep is fluffy and proud of it Although his wool gets dirty and picks up random objects as he goes through out his day and mama assures him it won t hurt, he is not interested in getting a haircut Even when the other animals in the barn start sporting new hairdos, Wally is not convinced What will it take to convince Wally that keeping himself groomed is really for the best This is a cute story that would be perfect for that child that doesn t see the reason for haircuts or everyday grooming Done with humor and love.