cover image The Good Hair Day

The Good Hair Day

Christian Trimmer, illus. by J Yang. Abrams, $18.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4197-4588-1

Noah wants many things for his upcoming birthday, but his greatest desire is “long, beautiful, wavy hair.” He doesn’t ask if he can grow his hair out, however—possibly because “some people say mean things about men with long hair,” or maybe because he doesn’t see long hair represented on many boys. Fluid digital illustrations by Yang focus on domestic and community scenes—showing the tender way Noah braids his sister’s hair and strokes his mother’s—while Trimmer’s narrative spotlights through longing internality Noah’s understanding of what he wants alongside the idea that he “just didn’t think he was allowed to ask for it.” Following a difficult haircut, a birthday gift from an observant loved one conveys the indescribable impact of being seen and supported. Noah and his family are portrayed with brown and tan skin; Noah’s mother uses a wheelchair. Conversation starters conclude. Ages 4–8. (May)