Children’s Book Reviews: “Hairdo You Do?” and “Lap On, Lap Off”

Hairdo You Do? by Alina Kazarian
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This little book is completely adorable! The author is a young girl who has lovely hair, which she likes to style in different ways for different occasions. In this book, she tells about the different hair styles for each activity, sleeping, dancing, playing, going to school or a friend’s house. The cutest part is that it is all told in rhyme!

The illustrations are a little raw, but charming. It’s not exactly polished art, but it goes along with the rhyming story very nicely. I do like the girly colors and sweet smiles on the illustrated girl.

I don’t like how the text size changes from page to page. It’s distracting and would look more professional if the text stayed the same through the entire book.

The thing I like the most about this book is the positive messages about self-perception. It tells young girls to like how they look, to enjoy something simple and fun like styling their hair, and to love their bodies and their look, no matter what that look may be! The author says things like, “I am cool,” “My hair is so cute…” and “I feel so happy and proud.” What a great feeling to cultivate in young ladies!

This book would make a lovely gift for any girl aged 5-10.  Purchase this book HERE.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher/author in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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Lap On, Lap Off by Nicole Cicci Kazarian
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This cute little book would be a great way to tell children that they can soon expect a new sibling in their midst. Mommy Monkey has to tell her little son that a new baby is coming, so there won’t be room for him on her lap, because her stomach will be too big.
It’s a sweet little story about a mother’s love being big enough, even if her lap isn’t big enough.

I felt like the story could have used more development. We don’t really see the little son monkey reacting to the news of a baby being on the way. It would be nice to see him express that is reassured, or excited, or curious. The story just kind of ends without addressing many of the questions that a child might have about a new baby.

The illustrations are incredibly childish and unpolished. I suppose that is part of their charm, but I expected more than kids drawings for the illustrations.

I like that the story rhymes, and it has such a positive message of a mother’s love for her children! I think it’s cute that while the Mommy Monkey explains her pregnant belly, a thought bubble appears above her head with a pregnant version of her, and we see her stomach growing larger. haha! That’s sweet!

This would be a great book for young kids aged 3-7 who are expecting a new sibling!  Purchase this book HERE.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher/author in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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