What makes an engineer write a kids' book about haircuts?

Part of the Kinderling Conversation for parents. Weekdays 12pm-1pm.

Tue 16 January 2018

9 mins

It's pretty ordinary for a child to be afraid of the hairdresser. It's pretty extraordinary that your uncle would write a book to help you overcome that fear!

When Tom Paterson's nephew Gus started showing a fear of the hairdresser, Tom took his engineer's cap down, and decided to write a book to help. That's how the hilarious The Barber At The Harbour came about, with Tom's sister-in-law Amy Duncan filling the pages with gorgeous illustrations to try and help Gus with his fear of the shears.

To buy the book check out their website or listen to it here on our website or on the Kinderling app.

Listen to more Arts & Entertainment segments

How poo at the zoo changed (and fertilised) musician dad Simon Mellor's life

Songwriter Simon Mellor has had a wild career As country singer, then kids' songwriter, co-collaborator with comedian and artist Anh Do, and music (and hip hop!) teacher out in…
14 mins

'My Dad Is A Robot' is a book to celebrate the funny, lovable dad in your life

My Dad is a Robot by dad and author illustrator Matt Cosgrove is a special little page turner It imagines dads through the eyes of a child, and all the…
8 mins

Holly Wainwright's latest novel cuts to the quick about what's wrong with social media

Which is not to say she doesn’t think there’s a whole lot of “right” going on as well In her latest novel How to be Perfect, author, broadcaster and editor…
14 mins

A gorgeous new picture book celebrating 'Amazing Australian Women'

How much do you know about Mary Lee, the South Australian suffragist who helped women in Australia get the vote? How about Tilly Aston, a disability activist who…
10 mins

The years' best picture book is a grandfather's gift to his granddaughter

Gwyn Perkins began his artistic career when he won a newspaper drawing prize of one guinea and a box of paints (mistakenly awarded to Miss Gwyn Perkins). He spent many…
8 mins

Why 'Julian is a Mermaid' is the perfect picture book for kids

Julian is a Mermaid is a gorgeous picture book about a little boy who is going home from the pool with his grandma when he sees three beautiful mermaids What…
14 mins