Laxmi’s Mooch By Shelly Anand Illustrated by Nabi H. Ali

Back of Book:
Laxmi never paid much attention to the tiny hairs above her lip. But one day while playing farm animals at recess, her friends point out that her whiskers would make her the perfect cat. She starts to notice body hair all over–on her arms, legs, and even between her eyebrows.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Penguin Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
“Laxmi’s Mooch” by own voice author Shelly Anand is a heartwarming story about the importance of having body positivity and self-acceptance.
This story follows a young Indian American girl named Laxmi as she learns to appreciate the mooch that makes her unique. When a classmate tells Laxmi that her little mooch looks like a cat it shakes her confidence. Laxmi’s mom addresses her concern about having mooch/mustache with great ease and positivity. The dialogue between mom and daughter is empowering and makes Laxmi feel confident with her hairy skin. Papa also helps Laxmi by telling her about famous women like Frida Kahlo who also have moochs.
The next day at school, Laxmi goes on to help her diverse group of classmates embrace the power of the mooch. The first-person narrative and allows readers to connect with Laxmi’s feelings and decisions. The illustrations by Nabi H. Ali are filled with bright images and details. I love the way she brought Laxmi’s culture and traditions to life. “Laxmi’s Mooch” is a stunning story that encourages children to celebrate the things that make them unique.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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