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Seven-year-old Sam Bailey idolizes his big brother, Kyle, from his love of basketball to his super cool long hair.  When dad insists Sam get a haircut, Sam comes up with a tricky scheme to foil his dad's plan.

Tricky Tangles is the delightful tale of young Sam's determination and creativity that's designed to be a fun way for kids and their caregivers to interact.  Reading Tricky Tangles aloud together and sharing reactions to the events and characters gives caregivers and children an opportunity to share emotions and ideas that may not surface in our busy, activity-filled, daily routines.

It is our sincere hope that whether you read Sam's antics aloud or listen as a child reads to you, you will be making cherished memories for you both.  With that in mind, we've included some discussion question suggestions as well as activities for younger readers at the end of this page to add to your enjoyment of the story. 

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About the Writer:

Writer Scott Bailey created Tricky Tangles based on the antics of his youngest son, Sam, who REALLY didn't want Tom, their family friend and barber, to cut his hair.  Decades of parenting three creative and clever kids who inherited Scott's mischievous nature, have given Scott inspiration for countless stories like this one. 

Scott and his wife, Lynne, have always made it a priority to read to their children and have so many wonderful memories of laughter and heartfelt discussions as a result. Scott's stories and creative practical jokes are legendary among his friends and family and we are pleased to bring one of these stories to you! 

Discussion Questions for Readers Ages 3-5: 

Why doesn't Sam want his hair cut?

There is a bug or a snake on each page of the story. Can you find them? 

What would you try eating if you wanted stinky breath? 

How would you feel about a bug living in your hair?

Sam likes to play basketball. What is your favorite thing to play? Why?

Can you find and count how many times Sam says, "NOOOOOOO!" in the story?

Discussion Questions for Readers Ages 6+: 

Do you think that getting a haircut or changing the way you look changes who you are?

What else could Sam do to be like his big brother?

Why do you think it is sometimes good to try to be like someone you admire? 

Do you think it could sometimes not be good to try to be like someone else? If so, why not?

What do you think could have happened if Sam told his dad why he didn't want his hair cut?