I tug till my head’s black and blue!
But nothing can tame
This wild, curly mane!
Curly haired girl does everything she can to straighten her stubborn curls-after all, everywhere she looks she sees heroines with smooth, silky hair. Then one day, a big bully comes along and everything changes! A humorous tale of self-acceptance. And of hair, lots and lots of glorious curly hair!
Having read her first book dare eat that. This book is a complete contrast and is aimed at a different age group.
The author Divya aka ‘baal ki dukan’ had struggles with her unruly and very much curly hair. I’d definitely trade mine to have curly hair now.
This book is from the point of view of a four year old girl, who absolutely hates her curly twirly hair that coils and twists.
She feels it’s so unfair for someone to be blessed with curly thick hair that makes it unruly, frizzy and unmanageable.
Being called names like noodle, poodle this girl has tried everything she can to get those curls straight. From stretching it with books, glue, oil and what not the poor thing has tried to set right the unruly mane.
A sense of sadness surrounds her when she watches girls with long straight silky hair on TV and that’s something she doesn’t have.
Being bullied and laughed at for all her hair struggles, she tries hard not to cry.
But an incident changes her while thought and she starts feeling proud and happy to sport those lovely twirly whirly curls. Taking similarity to favourite heroes from books who are brave and adorn curly hair. She feels unique and is finally happy to have accepted herself as the curly haired girl and so does the bully friend.
The illustrations by @rujuta.td are brilliant and absolutely cute to look at.
A recent obsession of my daughter to grow long hair right after I narrated #rapunzel . She now wants curly hair post we finished reading this book.
A very fun and engaging read this book can reread as many times just to teach kids self acceptance and joy of reading.
Format available: Paperback and ebook
Price : paperback 244 ebook 156
Publisher : puffin books
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Divya, often called ‘ baal ki dukaan‘, struggled with unruly, thick, curly hair for over two decades before she realized her hair looks best when it’s left uncombed! She loves using her curls to hold the numerous pens, pencils and paintbrushes she needs while she’s writing, doodling or working. She gets her best creative ides when she’s hanging upside down, doing anti-gravity yoga. If you’re in Bangalore, you might spot her (and her distinctive curls!) with her husband Vivek. Their quest to eat bizarre foods from around the world features in her first book, Dare Eat That. Follow her at: http://www.divyaanand.in