|Stella's stellar hair|
Author: Moises, Yesenia
Stella travels planet to planet visting her aunties looking for a stellar hairdo for the Big Star Little Gala, but she is not convinced by any of their suggestions.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.10
Points: .5 Quiz: 513714
Kirkus Reviews (+) (11/15/20)
School Library Journal (04/01/21)
Booklist (+) (01/01/22)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 04/01/2021 K-Gr 2—Stella, a young Afro-Latina, wakes up and is perturbed that her hair is not the way she wants it to be for the "Big Star Little Gala." She runs to her mother to fix her hair but is not pleased; her mother suggests visits to her aunts, who may have different answers. Stella uses her hoverboard to navigate visiting the planets where her aunts live: Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and more. Every aunt has a distinct recommendation, but Stella remains unhappy and questing; she then creates her own hairstyle in a combination of all the suggestions. This joyful fantasy is more about persistence and individuality than it is about hair, and young readers will love the trip through the solar system. The back matter explains the connection between the hairstyles and the planets, in a fanciful blending of facts and speculation. VERDICT This journey has grace, whimsy, and panache, tied up by an explosive array of colors and textures.—Annmarie Braithwaite, New York P.L. - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 01/01/2022 *Starred Review* Stella is a little girl with brown skin, big eyes, and amazing hair: enormous pink and purple waves set off by yellow, teal, fuchsia, and bright-green curls. When Stella wakes up on the day of the gala, she's upset because her hair isn't acting right. Her mom tries to help, but when Stella's not satisfied, Momma suggests a visit to Aunt Ofelia over on planet Mercury. Stella hops on her hoverboard and takes off on a tour of the solar system, visiting her stylish aunts on every planet and getting new hairdos at every stop. All the styles look fabulous on her aunts, but none of them seem perfect for Stella. Finally, Auntie Solana counsels Stella to let her hair do whatever it wants. Stella starts over, letting her hair do its own thing, incorporating just a little bit of glamour from each aunt. Finally happy, Stella has a wonderful time at the gala. The final pages explain why each aunt chooses a different hairstyle: Mars is harsh and dusty, so go with an updo; Uranus tilts on its axis, so braids and twists work best. The vibrant illustrations explode off the page and affirm the message to celebrate yourself. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.