Hi readers! After a brief break (while I was reading loads!) I’m back with a book review for #BookChatter. This time it is a cute illustrative book called I Hate My Curly Hair by Divya Anand with illustrations by Rujuta Thakurdesai.
About the book
Remember the time when as kids we abhorred some or the other thing about ourselves? Not slim, not tall or not fair enough, we always found ways to sulk. I Hate my Curly Hair is a similar story of a cute girl who exceedingly dislikes her curly hair. Looking at girls with smooth and silky hair on screen makes her cry tears of self-pity.
People call her names like noodles and poodles and she steadfastly determines to tame her curly mane with books, glue and oil. Her thick frizzy hair fight back with the same fervour though and refuse to straighten up. Sigh!
Her self-acceptance comes quite strangely when a bully gets tricked by her and bites dust. She finally comes to realise just how useful and unique her curly hair is. What more, they become curly-haired chums too.
I’ve always liked curly hair and wished I had them. Not surprisingly, my curly haired friends hope just the opposite. I had a smile pasted on my face while reading this book and was reminded of similar rants.
The story is written from the view of 4 year old but it’s subtle message rings true for people of all ages. You can identify with her grumpiness and change of heart too. The lines have a fun rhyme to them and I was almost tempted to compose a tune and sing along.
The illustrations by Rujuta Thakurdesai breathe life into this cute story. Her sketches make this book interesting and relatable for everyone. Self-acceptance is an art that we’re never too old to learn or imbibe, right?
I Hate My Curly Hair is short, sweet and can be a good bedtime story for your kids. My 5 year old daughter loved it when I read it to her.
My rating: *** 3/5 stars
About the author
Divya lives in Bangalore with her personal mop of curly hair and her husband. She likes to write and doodle and uses her lovely curls to hold pens, pencils and brushes! She’s a foodie and her first book Dare Eat That is about her quest to eat bizarre foods around the world with her husband. This is her second book.
Language : English
Genre : Fiction
Available in : Paperback and Kindle Edition