Hair Love
When mommy is away, it’s up to daddy to do his daughter’s hair in this ode to self-confidence and the love between fathers and daughters from former NFL wide receiver Matthew A. Cherry and New York Times bestseller 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 mommy does Zuri’s hair, she feels like a superhero. But when mommy is away, it’s up to daddy to step in! And even though daddy has a lot to learn, 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.

Hair Love Details

TitleHair Love
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 14th, 2019
PublisherKokila
ISBN-139780525553366
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Family, Cultural, African American

Hair Love Review

  • Hannah Greendale
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, this is darling! Zuri's hair "has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way."* It's a special day and Zuri wants an extra-special hairstyle to celebrate, but Mommy's away so she enlists Daddy's help. Talk about an adorable daddy-daughter duo! (And why is Zuri's dad such a hottie? Props to illustrator Vashti Harrison.) Hair Love is a heartwarming celebration of love and patience, self-confidence and self-expression. Daddy tells me it is beautiful.That makes me proud.I love Oh, this is darling! Zuri's hair "has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way."* It's a special day and Zuri wants an extra-special hairstyle to celebrate, but Mommy's away so she enlists Daddy's help. Talk about an adorable daddy-daughter duo! (And why is Zuri's dad such a hottie? Props to illustrator Vashti Harrison.) Hair Love is a heartwarming celebration of love and patience, self-confidence and self-expression. Daddy tells me it is beautiful.That makes me proud.I love that my hair lets me be me!In funky braids with beads, I am a princess. And when my hair is in two puffs, I am above the clouds like a superhero.My hair even does magic tricks. One day Rocky and I were playingoutside when along came the rain. From large to small it went. Presto! Just like that!There's nothing my hair can't do!*-*Note: Quotes taken from an Advanced Copy.
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  • Aliza Werner
    January 1, 1970
    Five stars for my five stars! This book is EVERYTHING for everyone! Finally we are seeing modern Black representation about everyday families. This is more than Black girl hair. This is family love, gender roles, and celebration of oneself. Every detail...dad’s locs and tattoo, mom’s head wrap, a girl who can have a tea party and also wear a superhero cape, family photos of marriage, graduations, and generational love...is beautiful. Share with everyone you know!
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    I read this with a smile on my face. Uber charming.
  • Rod Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Very sweet and cute with great art. As a former stay-at-home dad, I really appreciated seeing another father dealing with braiding and buns.
  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
    January 1, 1970
    Cute!
  • Desiree
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this father and daughter story about hair. The illustrations are lush and inviting. Great for one on one reading!
  • Abigail
    January 1, 1970
    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 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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  • Licha
    January 1, 1970
    I loooved this. This was so cute. I love that this was about a dad caring for his little girl's hair and finding out how hard it can be to give her the perfect hairstyle she wants for a very special occasion. It warmed my heart to see the family love in such a short amount of pages.I immediately finished this and forced my daughter to read this.The artwork is adorable and I loved the colors used. It's such a pretty book to look at. Loved all the hairstyles the author gave our main girl.When we I loooved this. This was so cute. I love that this was about a dad caring for his little girl's hair and finding out how hard it can be to give her the perfect hairstyle she wants for a very special occasion. It warmed my heart to see the family love in such a short amount of pages.I immediately finished this and forced my daughter to read this.The artwork is adorable and I loved the colors used. It's such a pretty book to look at. Loved all the hairstyles the author gave our main girl.When we find out what the special event is, I didn't pay attention to a detail here, but my daughter did and it made me wonder if (view spoiler)[mom had cancer. (hide spoiler)] It's possible and would give the story a very different perspective. I think I could leave that possibility open for my own interpretation of the ending.I want this book!
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  • Tanesha
    January 1, 1970
    OMG this book!!! Not only does it speak directly to my 2 girls, but it's for ANY parent and child who have struggled with doing hair, often to amusing results. Such a cute and heartwarming book, and beautifully illustrated. As there are so few picture books that feature Daddy as one of the main characters, I highly recommend this one for families. Loooved it!(Note: through my job, I was able to read the advance of this book. It pubs in April 2019).
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  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    The illustrations are lustrous and bright and beautiful. I love this style of artwork and the story is perfect. A girl getting ready (but you don't know what for specifically until the end) and needs her hair done the perfect way. What I love is that it showcases different black girl hairstyles, but I also LOVE that as she experiments with a new one for this special day that she's WATCHING YOUTUBE VIDEOS! I'm in love with this very 2019 story because anytime we all need to learn something new, The illustrations are lustrous and bright and beautiful. I love this style of artwork and the story is perfect. A girl getting ready (but you don't know what for specifically until the end) and needs her hair done the perfect way. What I love is that it showcases different black girl hairstyles, but I also LOVE that as she experiments with a new one for this special day that she's WATCHING YOUTUBE VIDEOS! I'm in love with this very 2019 story because anytime we all need to learn something new, we find a video! Plus, her dad is so real (love the tattoos and his style). This is perfect and while I'm not necessarily sold on what makes her mom's arrival a special day, the story itself is upbeat and peppy.
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  • Inge
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet and gentle and joyful. A necessary purchase for all libraries and early childhood classrooms.
  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of the best picture books I have EVER read. The relationship between the Daddy and the little girl is so special and sweet. Also, plot twist at the end of the book. The cat is also super funny and expressive. Gah, so cute.
  • Richard
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this special book about the importance ofgetting a young girl's hair right.In the past such effort and application may have been lost on some guys. Modern men groom now though so most going into parenthood will have some idea, surely.I am of a older generation. When left in charge my wife could only hope the timeand date of the school photographs for our two daughters would not be changed last minute.My Mum had an expression for my style and personal appearance. "Dragged through I really enjoyed this special book about the importance ofgetting a young girl's hair right.In the past such effort and application may have been lost on some guys. Modern men groom now though so most going into parenthood will have some idea, surely.I am of a older generation. When left in charge my wife could only hope the timeand date of the school photographs for our two daughters would not be changed last minute.My Mum had an expression for my style and personal appearance. "Dragged through a hedge backwards" look!This book is a beautiful one outlining a sweet girl's acceptance of her problematic hair and her need for a special look and hairstyle to fit the moment.Initially reluctant to disturb her Dad her excitement bubbles over. Once awake Dad gets right to it.Each effort made shows the challenge AHEAD of them. But in a time of sweet interaction and focus the two work together to make little Zuri proud of her hair (styled by Daddy) and even more in awe of her fantastic Dad."I really need my hair to be special""Don't worry," he said, "we'll figure this out."With marvelous illustrations to share the story with your little ones, to point to things, ask questions and expand their vocabulary. A fun story with a great message and a group hug.
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  • Kareena
    January 1, 1970
    Yes, yes, yes! Gorgeous illustrations, great message. The dad and daughter are so cute together!! I love that positive example that is so rarely shown in picture books! It definitely makes me want to do an outreach program with a hair school to teach dads how to do hair.
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  • Jason
    January 1, 1970
    Timely, relevant, well-written, important. Should be in every library.
  • Daniela
    January 1, 1970
    I ABSOLUTELY ADORED THIS AND CANNOT BELIEVE IT MADE ME CRY IN THE MIDDLE OF MY BOOKSTORE
  • Ekene
    January 1, 1970
    CUTESTSHITEVEREVEREVER. I loved it.
  • Shari
    January 1, 1970
    Another picture book about African American hair. I need to make a list, a text set, or better yet, write an article.
  • Clementine
    January 1, 1970
    well i loved this one
  • Aisha
    January 1, 1970
    This book was everything yes to black dad and daughter relationships , loving black hair!!!! and when the mother came home in a head wrap I just I would love to have a family like this one day . This book was everything yes to black dad and daughter relationships 💕💕💕, loving black hair!!!! and when the mother came home in a head wrap I just 🥺😭😭🙌🏾 I would love to have a family like this one day 🤩🥰🥰.
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  • Relyn
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. I love the little girl who loves her hair and the daddy who loves her enough to learn how to style it. I love the tender ending and the smile-making illustrations.
  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    January 1, 1970
    It's an important day, and Zuri wants her hair to be special. Fortunately she has her daddy to help. He tries persistently to get the hair right for her, and, despite many obstacles, he succeeds. Hair Love is a story of stick-with-it-ness and inventiveness and research, and evokes the strength of love and family and persistence in the face of trials.
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  • Silvia Canales
    January 1, 1970
    It is a special day for Zuri, a young African American girl. Mommy is out and Daddy must step up to find his daughter’s perfect hairstyle before the big event, mommy’s welcome. After several attempts, the heroic Daddy and sweet Zuri find the perfect hair style.Hair Love, written by former NFL player Matthew A. Cherry and illustrated by Vashti Harrison, is a modern representation of African American families – specially father-daughter relationship. The illustrations are marvelous because it It is a special day for Zuri, a young African American girl. Mommy is out and Daddy must step up to find his daughter’s perfect hairstyle before the big event, mommy’s welcome. After several attempts, the heroic Daddy and sweet Zuri find the perfect hair style.Hair Love, written by former NFL player Matthew A. Cherry and illustrated by Vashti Harrison, is a modern representation of African American families – specially father-daughter relationship. The illustrations are marvelous because it shows the different Black girls’ hairstyle we see in a daily basis, a great way for early readers to feel identified and represented. I love how modern life is shown in here: father in charge of the house, mother out working, YouTube tutorials, tattoos, and having a special friend, Rocky the cat. A teacher could use this book as a read-aloud and then start a conversation with the children just about anything they noticed, liked, and identified with. A great way to have a conversation during class. For example, acknowledging fathers, the uniqueness of our hairs, strong father-daughter relationship, etc.
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  • Stephanie Bange
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed from an f&g.What a charming story about a father, his daughter, and her hair! Zuri wakes up one day and decides she needs to have the perfect hairdo. The problem is, her hair has a mind of its own. After a number of attempts, her father finds the perfect 'do for her.In his debut book based on a short film of the same title, former NFL player and now filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry brings it in for a touchdown! It reads as if he is sharing his own experience fixing his daughter's hair Reviewed from an f&g.What a charming story about a father, his daughter, and her hair! Zuri wakes up one day and decides she needs to have the perfect hairdo. The problem is, her hair has a mind of its own. After a number of attempts, her father finds the perfect 'do for her.In his debut book based on a short film of the same title, former NFL player and now filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry brings it in for a touchdown! It reads as if he is sharing his own experience fixing his daughter's hair for the day because Mom is out of the house. It reminds me so much of a similar experience my husband had; his was not this successful. The love and respect for family is evident in the household.Vashti Harrison's digital illustrations are on-target. Great love and respect is shown for each character. Harrison even gives the cat have a strong personality and part in the story. Perfect for a storytime or lesson about hair.Highly recommended for PreSchool - grade 3.
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  • Annese
    January 1, 1970
    I love this. I have seen this. I have lived this. When my mom left for a trip, my dad just put two large red barrettes on the side of my baby fro and called it a day. Zuri's dad, on the other hand, is up for the challenge of the perfect style for the day. Kids and parents will enjoy this story.I'm to the point where I love any and everything with Vashti Harrison involved. Her illustrations are wonderful! From the hairstyles, to dad's tattoos, to the self-care Youtube clip, to the face I love this. I have seen this. I have lived this. When my mom left for a trip, my dad just put two large red barrettes on the side of my baby fro and called it a day. Zuri's dad, on the other hand, is up for the challenge of the perfect style for the day. Kids and parents will enjoy this story.I'm to the point where I love any and everything with Vashti Harrison involved. Her illustrations are wonderful! From the hairstyles, to dad's tattoos, to the self-care Youtube clip, to the face expressions between parent and child... ahhh!!! I love it all. I want to give special shoutout to mom's complexion being darker than dad. I know that touches on completely different discussion, within books, my community, and society overall, but I REALLY appreciated seeing their family portrait.
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  • Allie
    January 1, 1970
    This book had been on my to-read list for ages, but it was constantly checked out so I didn't get a chance until recently. I hope/expect the book might experience a surge in popularity when the short film on which it is based is shown before Angry Birds 2 (so exciting!). The story and pictures are genuinely so lovely and perfect for a library story time. I can definitely imagine doing the sound effect of the hair tie that snaps (the bane of my existence). It would also be such a good opportunity This book had been on my to-read list for ages, but it was constantly checked out so I didn't get a chance until recently. I hope/expect the book might experience a surge in popularity when the short film on which it is based is shown before Angry Birds 2 (so exciting!). The story and pictures are genuinely so lovely and perfect for a library story time. I can definitely imagine doing the sound effect of the hair tie that snaps (the bane of my existence). It would also be such a good opportunity to do an aside about race & hair before you start the story. All around such an amazing book.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    I will start off by saying I'm giving this book 5 stars for the illustrations alone. I love Vashti Harrison's work; that being said this is a lovely story about a father and his daughter bonding over natural hair care. I loved the cat in this book too!!I wish I could see the short film. I guess I will have to wait for the DVD of Angry Birds 2 (the short film appeared in theaters at the before the start of Angry Birds 2).
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  • Anthony
    January 1, 1970
    Words and illustrations pair together, play together in this wonderful tangle. By no means a perfect book (there's no music in the language, resulting in certain clunky passages), the best thing about this book is its focus -- a small, young, black girl who insists on the perfect hairdo. And all her daddy wants to do is help. A lovely addition to any collection, would pair particularly well with Derrick Barnes' "Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut".
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    This book is adorable! I love the message that black hair is beautiful, and the portrayal of a loving relationship between a young girl and her dad, who is clearly very involved in her life. Zuri and her dad using an online video tutorial to find the perfect hairstyle feels very timely. And the illustrations are cute, cute, cute! This deserves to be widely read!
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  • Joshunda Sanders
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a sweet story, perfect for Father's Day, with lovely, heartwarming illustrations. There are too few stories of tenderness and striving on behalf of black little girls by their heroic black fathers, even if the heroism is just watching a video on YouTube to try and get her hair just right.
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