Book Description

Ape is a hairdresser giving the jungle animals interesting haircuts in this tale of transformations.

Dashing Ape has an eye for design, a knack with scissors, and a desire to transform the coiffure of everyone in the jungle. Thus, he opens Ape with a Cape, the salon of his dreams. From buzz cuts to mullets, beehives to combovers, soon every animal is looking stylish. A humorous tale in jaunty rhyming verse and humorous illustrations.

  • Amusing characters and illustrations in this fun picture book about a gorilla who opens a hair salon for animals.
  • Jaunty rhyming verse will appeal to kids.
  • Children will learn about various hairstyles, including mullets, afros, bobs, and more.

The Author

Richard Turner is an author and Performing Arts teacher in Adelaide South Australia, who supports children’s creative voices through drama and dance. He has directed and choreographed musicals, working with students who can sing and dance way better than he can. Like most people, Richard has to be told to eat his peas, but never has to be told to eat his jellybeans or ice cream. He has been on a skateboard, a rollercoaster, an elephant and a camel. He has also been on a spaceship to the moon, but only in his dreams!

The Illustrator

Born in Glasgow, Deborah Sheehy grew up with a longing to wander. So on leaving university she spent some years living in lands near and far, including the Philippines, India and Wales. Inspired by stories old and new and a deep love of creatures of all furs and feathers, Deborah returned to Scotland in 2015 to become a full time artist and children’s illustrator.

Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Levels

Guided Reading Level: M

Grade Level Equivalent: 2

Educational Descriptions

Picture book, animal fantasy, poetry, rhythm and rhyme, Story elements: setting: Jungle Town , plot and character development, main character, Dashing Ape the hair dresser, detailed Illustrations enhance meaning and tone, environmental print and signage, humorous tone, Comprehension strategies: identify Sequence of events, and main idea and details, Theme: history of hairstyles.

Interest Age: 5 to 9 years

Reading Age: 7 to 8 years

RRP: $24.99

ISBN: 978-1-76036-134-1

Format: Hardback

JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Apes, Monkeys, etc.

World rights available, except for France, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the US.

Book Details
Richard Turner
Deborah Sheehy
24.0 cm in H · 26.0 cm in W · 36 pages
Release Date:
September 2020
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