I was excited to read this particular book as just the title alone gave me a sense this would be a book about loving yourself the way you are. As a young girl once myself, I didn’t always like my thick, wavy hair, that was prone to frizz and flyaways.
I LOVED the illustrations here, which was vibrant, engaging, expressive and energetic. I think it was the rich turquoise, greens and oranges of the illustrations that made me love the main character, even after she does things that would (as a mom) drive me up the wall. Like flooding the bathroom! This book is a visual treat and I encourage you to check it out here, in order to see the illustrations for yourself. I found the last page particularly hilarious, when she is allowed to go to school with her “bed-head”.
As for the story itself, the main character is imaginative and loveable. I also liked the repetition of the text where each day the mom has her “tools of the trade” ready to tame her daughter’s unruly hair. Repetition breeds confidence in reading skills after all.
However, I do think there was a missed opportunity in not having the girl or her mother say something like, “hey your frizz and your hair is great the way it is, no need to tame it.” It only vaguely suggests that little girl loves her hair the way it is and look at all the versatile things that she can do with it- young kids do need more “on the nose” messaging sometimes.
If you want to learn more Jasmine Fogwell and her book-reading appearances, you can do so here. Like me, she is a fellow Canadian!