By Joy Feldman
Wickford Chiropractic and Wellness Center, $8.95, 40 pages
Is Your Hair Made of Donuts? is a picture book geared toward children 4-10 years old that is designed to teach children to make healthy food choices through the story of two siblings, Matt and Maddie, who are given one day to eat all the “forbidden” sugary and sweet foods they want by their mother. After predictably gorging on all kinds of foods from the section of the grocery store called “The Wasteland” Matt and Maddie go to bed with upset tummies primed for nightmares about their sugar overeating. The saying “you are what you eat” is taken literally as see their hair is really made of donuts. While the story and purpose to encourage kids to make healthy food choices is noble, the execution of the idea is poor and the writing is dry and does not entertain. The illustrations are strange at best and unattractive. For children’s books on healthy eating and lifestyles I would recommend Good Enough to Eat: A Kid’s Guide to Food and Nutrition by Lizzy Rockwell or The Monster Health Book: A Guide to Eating Healthy, Being Active & Feeling Great for Monsters and Kids! by Edward Miller. Both are written for children, engaging, and have colorful, attractive illustrations.
Reviewed by Catherine McMullen