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Bald is Beautiful: A letter for a fabulous girl by Carola Schmidt (Book Review)

Paperback: 24 pages


“Bald is Beautiful: A letter for a fabulous girl” is an inspiring and lovely illustrated letter for girls of any age who will go or already are bald. It’s a perfect gift to send love to a powerful girl who needs to be reminded of how beautiful and loved she is. It’s not a book that explains scientific conditions, disease, and treatment. It’s about love, beauty, happiness, and friendship when going through various changes in our lives.

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(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) 

My eleven-year-old daughter and I both took turns reading and writing down our thoughts regarding Bald is Beautiful

We both agreed the illustrations were cute but geared towards younger viewers. My daughter said, “I can’t see an adult or older kid reading this book unless a younger person couldn’t read well yet. The pictures are a bit babyish.”

My daughter wasn’t familiar with a “hat and scarf party” but, after I explained what it was, Bald is Beautiful made more sense and was more enjoyable for her. 

We both agree Bald is Beautiful was a cute book; however, my daughter thought it needed more words. There were a few pages with only illustrations. 

The word cancer is scary, but I believe… we believe… this book will bring a smile to many young children facing cancer. 

(Score issued by my eleven-year-old daughter.)


Heart Rating System:
1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score:  ❤❤

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Carola Schmidt is a pediatric oncology pharmacist, as well as the author of children’s books about cancer and scientific books for Springer Nature. She is in the BookAuthority list of “81 Best Leukemia Books of All Time” with Chubby’s Tale: The true story of a teddy bear who beat cancer. She is also the author of the Babushka Series, which makes subjects as Holodomor and belonging simple for kids.
About the illustrator:
Dian Ovieta is a children’s book illustrator who is really in love with anything about the children’s world.


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Superheroes Don’t Babysit by Amber Hendricks (Children’s Book Showcase)

Kyle Reed (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Hardcover: 32 pages

Superheroes leap buildings, chase bad guys, and save the city from the evil Emperor Zog. Superheroes DON’T babysit. Except when their dad asks them to. In an epic battle of sibling rivalry, will this superhero finally meet her match? Or will she find exactly what she’s been missing all along?

In Superheroes Don’t Babysit, author Amber Hendricks tells a story full of humor and heart, and illustrator Kyle Reed’s superpowered illustrations pack a punch with their bold colors and sharp lines. This book is fun to look at and to read with siblings who consider themselves rivals or friends, or maybe something in between.

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~Art from inside Superheroes Don’t Babysit~


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About the Author: 

Amber Hendricks grew up reading everything she could get her hands on—including the morning cereal boxes. In addition to Superheroes Don’t Babysit, Amber is the author of Sophie and Little Star and two forthcoming picture books. She lives in Missouri with her husband and two children.


Twitter: @ashayhen

Facebook: Amber Hendricks


About the Illustrator: 

Kyle Reed is an illustrator whose work has appeared in children’s books, magazines, animation and advertising. He lives in Ontario, Canada.

Website: http://cutdrawglue.com/

Twitter: @CutDrawGlue

Instagram: @cutdrawglue


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