The Barber was a cheerful-looking man with a handlebar moustache, bright red cheeks, and a long, licking tongue. He owned a purple cat, and collected the tongues of cheeky children in a large jar.
The Barber moved in to town for only a short while, but during his stay, he snipped out the parts of the children's tongues which made them so horrible, leaving only well-behaved children behind. This made him very popular indeed with the parents of Saucy by Sea. Two of the children he teaches to keep a civil tongue in their heads are the naughtiest children in town, Tanya and Peregrine.