REVIEW: I Don’t Want Curly Hair by Laura Ellen Anderson

Published: 1st March 2017

Published: Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Pages: 32

Format: Paperback courtesy of the publisher for review

RRP: $24.99 (Hardback)/$14.99 (Paperback)/$9.99 (ebook)

5/5 Stars

NO! I do not want this BIG CURLY HAIR!
It’s messy and silly and just plain unfair.

All Curly Haired Girl has ever wanted is straight and luscious locks, but when she meets a little girl with the smoothest, silkiest hair, who says all she’s ever wanted is spirally, squiggly hair, they are BOTH confused!

A hilarious tale about loving what we have. And hair, lots and lots of hair.

I Don’t Want Curly Hair by Laura Ellen Anderson is a super cute, humorous and some what relate able picture books for kids and adults of all ages.

Told through rhyme, I Don’t Want Curly Hair is the story of one girls struggle with hair that won’t be tamed. Rather creative – and somewhat ingenious at times – the little girl protagonist tries everything she can think of to solve the unruly mass of her curls. After a number of failed, but somewhat hilarious attempts, she encounters another little girl with hair so straight it won’t hold on to anything. The pair quickly become best friends and as they say, the rest is history.

As someone with a lot of curly hair myself this picture book really spoke to me. I remember being that kid who did all sorts of crazy things to try and tame (and later straighten) my frizz ball of curls that simply wouldn’t sit down. While I personally may never have gone to the extremes of this book – using books to squash it, tying balloons to it and getting friends to tug on it – I do distinctly remember gluing my hair down on more than one occasion, on cutting random bits off to try and limit it to the rather nightmarish ordeal that is curly hair hair that one has not learnt to deal with.

This is my first Laura Ellen Anderson experience and I was blown away by how beautiful each illustration was. Right from the creative end pages – with masses of all different types of curls – each single page of this book demands attention. Attention that is rightly given and deserved, for each image is bright, bold and oh-so-adorable that as a reader you can’t help but get caught up in this girls plight. I was awed by the way each illustration captured the emotion of the character so clearly and the way Anderson has tied the images and the text together via placement and the relationship between text and illustration.

The text itself is simple and easy to read, while the pictures take centre stage really giving the story a life of it’s own. Interwoven throughout the images, the text takes the reader on a story of self-discovery, while subtly teaching children to love themselves for who they are, as the grass isn’t quite as green as we might imagine it to be on the other side.

I admire the way Laura Ellen Anderson was able to avoid naming the protagonist as well, leaving the book open for the reader to place themselves seamlessly in the story. And the ending was beautifully portrayed and a nice twist.

I Don’t Want Curly Hair is the perfect book for anyone who hates their messy mop of curls, and those who wished they had one! It’s equally playful and imaginative, with a message readers of all age need reminding from time to time. All in all it is a wonderful,. colourful, imaginative picture book that oozes life, love and compassion.


To learn more about Laura Ellen Anderson, visit the following social media pages:

Author Website | About Laura Ellen Anderson | Facebook | Tumblr | Twitter | Instagram | Bloosmbury |


To purchase a copy of I Don’t Want Curly Hair, visit the following online retailers:

Bloomsbury | Book Depository | Booktopia | Dymocks | Angus & Robertson’s Bookworld | QBD | The Nile | Amazon UK | Amazon US | Amazon AUS | Ibooks




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