A Book Review

Today in the car my little one snuggled up to me and I said to her “I love you” and then she answered “I love your hair”. I didn’t realize why she was saying that until we sat down to read The Magic Poof for the eighth time this week.

The first thing I noticed about The Magic Poof at first sight was the great big brown thing growing out of an African American girl’s head. It took me a few minutes to actually understand that the Magic Poof was really the girl’s natural hair growing to great and “magic” proportions!

I had never heard of The Magic Poof before, it was a big discovery!

My little one was quite impressed with what was going on, she kept asking why the hair could talk and why the hair could get into all those shapes. I tried to explain about African American hair and how it is very poofy and can actually be shaped into different forms. She has very thin straight hair and was very intrigued.

After a couple readings with my kids and talking about how Ling’s hair was so different to Ange Marie’s we started getting more and more curious about how the Magic Poof came to be.

We watched a video where the author Stephen Hodges talks about how he thought up of the Magic Poof and why he made it into a children’s book about fitting in and being different.

After getting past of the initial shock of a great big talking, shape shifting ball of hair on top of a girl’s head, we have fallen in love with the Magic Poof and all it’s crazy ways.


I received this book to read with my kids and review it as part of the Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2006.

What is the Multicultural Children’s Book Day?

The mission of the Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCCBD) is to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. We encourage readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along the fun book reviews, author visits, event details, a multicultural children’s book linky and via our hashtag (#ReadYourWorld) on Twitter and other social media.

The co-creators of this unique event are Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press. 

Multicultural Children’s Book day 2016 Medallion Level Sponsors! #ReadYourWorld

Platinum: Wisdom Tales Press * StoryQuest Books*Lil Libros

Gold: Author Tori Nighthawk*Candlewick Press

Silver: Lee and Low Books*Chronicle Books*Capstone Young Readers

Bronze: Pomelo Books* Author Jacqueline Woodson*Papa Lemon Books* Goosebottom Books*Author Gleeson Rebello*ShoutMouse Press*Author Mahvash Shahegh* China Institute.org*

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