Fall 2023

When Dad's Hair Took Off

  • Interest Level: Grade 1 - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

One day, Dad’s hair decided it was tired of being brushed and combed. It wanted a life of its own, to see the world. It took off.

Out of the bathroom, into the kitchen, and before you could say, “Hairsta la vista, baby!” it was gone.

Dad gives chase around the town. He spots his hair hiding in the lawn, on the road, at the zoo—it’s amazing how many things look like hair. He gives up and tries to accept life without hair. Then the postcards arrive. The hair is on a round-the-world trip, and Dad is still bald. Will his hair ever come back?

A fast-paced, wonderfully absurd story packed with wordplay and hilarious illustrations.

When Dad’s Hair Took Off is a comical chapter book for early readers or for any child to enjoy reading aloud with a grownup who relates! A fun book to celebrate and share with Dad on Father’s Day or any day.

Translated from the German edition by Melody Shaw, which was shortlisted for multiple awards.

Jörg Mühle studied illustration in Offenbach and Paris. He has been illustrating for books and magazines since 2000. He is the author and illustrator of worldwide bestselling interactive bedtime book for toddlers, Tickle My Ears.

Praise for When Dad’s Hair Took Off

“[A]ll the relish of a tall tale, deadpan timing, and choice vocabulary.“—starred, Foreword Reviews

”Get ready for a hair-raising—or should we say hair-racing?—chase and an abundance of absurdity and witty wordplay.”—Kirkus Reviews

“An early chapter book—the kind Gecko Press excels at.”—Betsy Bird, A Fuse #8 Production

"When Dad’s Hair took Off is the perfect book to read when you feel like a good dollop of humour sprinkled with imagination and steeped in word play, I mean horse play, I mean HAIR play.”—NZ Poetry Box

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Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 2
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Gecko Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 2023-09-05
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV019000, JUV013060, JUV045000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.7 x 8
Features Original artwork, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author, Illustrator: Jörg Mϋhle

Jörg Mühle lives in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He has written and illustrated many bestselling children's books for all ages, including picture books, junior fiction, and the widely acclaimed Tickle My Ears series of board books.

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When Dad's Hair Took Off

One day, Dad’s hair decided it was tired of being brushed and combed. It wanted a life of its own, to see the world. It took off. Out of the bathroom, into the kitchen, and before you could say, “Hairsta la vista, baby!” it was gone. Dad… View available downloads →


The School Librarian

“Good for sharing with all the family, this is a story that will become a firm favourite. A delightful book all around.”—The School Librarian

Foreword Reviews

“A father’s balding inspires far-flung, humorous adventures. . . . In the fabulistic chapter book When Dad’s Hair Took Off, harrumphing desperation takes over when a man seeks his wayward hair, tracking it through a bevy of shenanigans.”—starred, Foreword Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

“Younger listeners will enjoy the silly, complicated chase scenes, while slightly older kids and even adults will also appreciate the plentiful puns and amusing alliteration. A hilarious homage to a hairless dad and his world-traveling hair.”—Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“A funny and lighthearted take on growing bald.”—Children’s Literature