Most Perfect You by Jazmyn Simon, illustrated by Tamisha Anthony. Random House, 2022. 9780593426944
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review): 4
What did you like about the book? A journey that bonds so many black boys and girls together. The quest to be “like our friends” is one experienced by many young children. One day, Irie finds herself getting ready for school and trying to stuff her beautiful crown under a winter hat. Her mother takes her on a verbal journey, telling her about all the things she chose uniquely for her daughter and everything about her that are her mother’s favorite things. The illustrations are beautiful. Although they are digital images, the richness in the skintones of Irie and her mother are phenomenal. The details of Irie’s curls and her mother’s braids are also a beautiful representation of how black hair styles are so diverse and so unique to our personalities. A great inspirational book to read to children about loving who they are!
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This book is for any African American boy or girl who has started to wonder why they aren’t as beautiful as their friends. Perfect to start reading as young as age 2- 10.
Who should buy this book? Daycares, early learning centers, elementary school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Rose Metayer, Boston Latin School, Boston MA
Date of review: July 17