Hair Love

by Matthew A. Cherry

Other authorsVashti Harrison (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2019

Status

Request

Call number

813.6

Description

Zuri's hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it's beautiful. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he LOVES his Zuri, and he'll do anything to make her -- and her hair -- happy.

Tender and empowering, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hair -- and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere.

Collection

Publication

Kokila (2019), Edition: First Edition, 32 pages

Description

"I love that Hair Love is highlighting the relationship between a Black father and daughter. Matthew leads the ranks of new creatives who are telling unique stories of the Black experience. We need this."      - Jordan Peele, Actor & Filmmaker It's up to Daddy to give his daughter an extra-special hair style in this ode to self-confidence and the love between fathers and daughters, from Academy-Award winning director and former NFL wide receiver Matthew A. Cherry and New York Times bestselling illustrator Vashti Harrison. Zuri's hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it's beautiful. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he LOVES his Zuri, and he'll do anything to make her -- and her hair -- happy. Tender and empowering, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hair -- and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere.… (more)

User reviews

LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
Based upon a film of the same name, also written by Matthew A. Cherry, and due out later this year (2019), Hair Love is a sweet picture-book about a little African-American girl who is determined to have a very special hairdo for a very special occasion. Her father steps in to help, and after some trial and error, they produce just what she's been looking for...

There has been an uptick recently of picture-books featuring positive messages about black hair - think titles like Cozbi A. Cabrera's My Hair Is a Garden, Sharee Miller's Princess Hair, or Derrick Barnes' Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut - but Hair Love is something more. Although its does contain some positive affirmation - Zuri's hair is beautiful and versatile, the styles she uses reflecting her activities and moods - it is just as much a family story. Specifically, a loving father-daughter story, something not seen as frequently in picture-books, I feel, as other parent-child combinations. I found Cherry's narrative engaging and ultimately heartwarming, and thought that illustrator Vashti Harrison's artwork was charming. I particularly loved her depiction of Zuri's cat (small surprise), although all of the characters were expressively realized. Recommended to anyone looking for books about little African-American girls and their hair and/or the loving bond between fathers and daughters.
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LibraryThing member villemezbrown
Very sweet and cute with great art. As a former stay-at-home dad, I really appreciated seeing a another father dealing with braiding and buns.
LibraryThing member LibrarianRyan
Zuri is right. This book is hair love. Zuri gets her hair done by her dad, and certain styles makes her feel certain ways, but today is speical and she has to have the most special hair ever. It’s up to her, her dad, a tablet and some videos, but they will create an awesome do for an awesome day. I love that this book shows Dad doing hair. Readers need to see more of these things, and that traditional gender roles need not apply.
+16 #TBRread
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LibraryThing member Stahl-Ricco
"My hair is Mommy, Daddy, and me. It's hair love!"

Wonderful! The story, the message, and the illustrations - all just beautiful as can be!
And it's extra special that the adapted 'film' of this just won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short this past Sunday! Well deserved!!! But read the book first! It's equally award winning!

"Sometimes, love looks like braids, puffs, and twists."
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Language

Original language

English

Original publication date

2019

ISBN

0525553363 / 9780525553366
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