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Why is My Hair Curly? Paperback – 20 July 2020

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About the Author

Lakshmi Iyer is a banking professional in her day job. She slaves over her writing at night when her children are in bed.

An MBA graduate from LeBow College of Business and an alumna of the Yale Writer’s Workshop, she writes creative non-fiction primarily, on her personal website She hopes to publish a memoir of her adoption journey some day.

When Lakshmi is not working or writing, she enjoys cooking and watching random food videos on YouTube.

She lives with her husband and her three daughters (two adopted and one biological) near Philadelphia, in the US.

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  • Publisher : Red Panda (20 July 2020)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 144 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9389648114
  • ISBN-13 : 978-9389648119
  • Reading age : 8 - 12 years
  • Item Weight : 130 g
  • Dimensions : 12.9 x 0.94 x 19.8 cm
  • Country of Origin : India
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Reviewed in India on 29 July 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars A heartwarming tale of identity and love- Must-Read!
By Shailaja Vishwanath on 29 July 2020
There are some books that I love even before I pick them up. And that's because I've fallen in love with the way the author writes much, much before the words in this book actually came together in published form.

Lakshmi's writing, to those who are familiar with it, is like a warm cup of tea (or coffee) that you sip on and savour, when you're reading the morning paper. It's how I remember the very first time I read a blog post of hers and the topic was about making phulkas. That sense of comfort just seeped through the words on the screen and made themselves at home in that part of my heart that knew, 'This was a writer I can grow to love.'

In her debut children's book, Lakshmi does not disappoint.

The story of Avantika, a young girl, who wonders why her hair is curly when everyone else at home has straight hair is at once intriguing and delightful. And while the story itself is about curly haired woes, the circumstances around it are gentle family stories that anyone can relate to: being teased at school, feeling left out and alone, enjoying a train journey with the family, finding a secret friend who seems to 'get you'. These are what give the story a very universal appeal.

By far, my favourite part of the book and what had me tearing up was the speech of Avantika's in the end, where she comes into her own. It's a beautiful process of evolution, both from a story standpoint and a message of personal growth, one that is told with credibility and love.

There is so much to love about the book that only a full reading will do it total justice. Go get your copy today :)

*Disclosure: I was sent an Advanced Reader's Copy for an honest review and also purchased the paperback version once it was released.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet warm read for middle-graders about self-acceptance
By Tulika Singh on 10 July 2020
‘We both get window seats!’ said Avnish — and with that very fist line Why is my Hair Curly by Lakshmi Iyer gets set to reel in the reader (At 14, my twins still strike deals for the window seat).

The book is about Avantika who is constantly troubled by her thick mass of curly hair unlike that of her parents and her brother who are blessed with straight silky manes. She reminds me a little of Anne of the Green Gables and her red-hair woes.

Avantika knows both she and her brother are adopted and it usually doesn’t bother her except when it comes to her hair. That makes her wonder if she got it from her birth mother and therein is born a vague desire to see her.

One day she meets and befriends an old woman. Their friendship flowers over long conversations about Harry Potter and life in general. However, is their more to the old woman than what Avantika knows?

This is a warm happy read with a bit of a mystery thrown it. A perfect chapter book for middle graders.

While it touches upon serious topics like adoption and self-acceptance it keeps the story-telling light.

My favourite bits are the small everyday things that make it extremely identifiable and that’s what will endear it to young readers - the snacking on the train, the excitement of first day of school, the morning rush even the nasty cousins, Oh and the embarrassingly snoring dad, the mom’s nudge to quieten him - that’s my dad and mom and also the husband and I.

My only regret - I wish I’d waited for the paperback version.
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Jean Spraker
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book for the curly-haired kid in your life
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing delightful read!! Want more from Lakshmi!
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