I grew up somewhat a reader of children’s books – Enid Blyton is the name that immediately comes to mind when I think of children’s books and even animated adventure series. But you’d agree with me when I say I could not in any way relate to the characters in these books. Fair-skinned, straight and silky-haired, going on adventures in the mountains and the woods. A few years ago, though, I’ve stumbled on animations with black characters – mainly African – on youtube. Also, last week, while babysitting, one of the children wanted to watch Goldilocks and the three bears and I was super surprised to see that the version he had been watching had black characters with curly, coily hair, and Caribbean accents.
So, anyway, I was quite giddy to hear about Hey Emi!
Hey Emi is created by Tina Olajide, whose inspiration was borne from the lack of brown-skinned heroines for little girls to look up to. According to Tina, “Emi is a creative seven-year-old girl with a BIG imagination and in this book she describes all the cool and quirky things she likes most about her hair. From the shape and movement of her hair to detangling single strand knots, Emi’s unique point of view will put a smile on your face.”
How adorable is she?! And that hurr! I really like the illustration – kudos to the illustrator, Courtney Bernard.
To get your hands on this one-of-a-kind book for a little girl or boy you love and even for the little child inside of you, check out Amazon.com and Amazon Europe. Also, visit Emi’s website for up-to-date information, to sign up for newsletters and to ask her anything!
So, tell me, what do you guys think about Hey Emi!
Enjoy the weekend, beauts, and stay safe and jolly!
– Mee Mee