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by Cherry, Matthew A.Harrison, Vashti

When mommy is away, it's up to daddy to do his daughter's hair in this ode to self-confidence and the love between fathers and daughters from former NFL wide receiver Matthew A. Cherry and New York Times bestseller Vashti Harrison.

Zuri's hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it's beautiful. When mommy does Zuri's hair, she feels like a superhero. But when mommy is away, it's up to daddy to step in! And even though daddy has a lot to learn, he LOVES his Zuri. And he'll do anything to make her--and her hair--happy.

Tender and empowering, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hair--and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere.

Chicago native Matthew A. Cherry is a former NFL wide receiver turned filmmaker who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers, and the Baltimore Ravens. In 2007 he retired and moved to LA to pursue a career in entertainment. Now, he directs music videos and short films, including "Hair Love," the animated short film on which this book is based. Matthew was named to Paste Magazine's list of Directors to Watch in 2016.

Vashti Harrison is the author-illustrator of the New York Times bestselling picture book Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, which is also a NAACP Image Award winner. She earned her BA from the University of Virginia with a double major in Media Studies and Studio Art, and received her MFA in Film and Video from CalArts where she snuck into Animation classes to learn from Disney and Dreamworks legends. There she rekindled a love for drawing and painting. Now, utilizing both skill sets, she is passionate about crafting beautiful stories in both the film and picture book worlds.

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Quote: Penguin YR (2.1 million UVPM) revealed the cover of HAIR LOVE this morning! (Jan 7, 2019): The feature included a sneak peek at the book as well as comments from author Matthew A. Cherry and illustrator Vashti Harrison.


HuffPost Black Voices (22.9 million UVPM) shared a recap of the Twitter celebrations following the announcement of the short film being picked up by Sony Pictures Animation

Quote: Huffington Post

Deadline announces Sony Pictures Animation pick up of HAIR LOVE by Matthew A. Cherry

Quote: Deadline

A bighearted ode to individuality and father-daughter collaboration.

Review: Publishers Weekly

...this authentic depiction of a loving and whole black family broadens the scope of representation. Positively refreshing.

Review: Kirkus

I love that Hair Love is highlighting the relationship between a Black father and daughter. Matthew leads the ranks of new creatives who are telling unique stories of the Black experience. We need this.

Quote: Jordan Peele, Actor & Filmmaker unforgettable picture book about the bond between an African American father and his daughter. Readers will love the positive language used to describe kinks, coils, braids, twists, and Afro puffs as stylish and regal looks fit for royalty..Cherry and Harrison provide and engaging and lovable story for younger audiences.

Review: Booklist

A wonderful slice-of-life tale about family support, black hair, and embracing individuality. Highly recommended for picture book collections.

Review: School Library Journal, starred review

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