Official Review: Hairables by Roxanne Walker

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Official Review: Hairables by Roxanne Walker

Post by unamilagra » 04 Nov 2019, 22:30

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Hairables" by Roxanne Walker.]
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2 out of 4 stars
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All over the city, people are showering. While they shower, some of their hair falls off and goes down the drain. What happens to all that hair? Hairables, written by Roxanne M. Walker, is a unique children’s book that answers that question. In this story, we meet the hairables, a group of creatures created from that very hair. Hairables come in all colors and styles. Their lives are about to change, as a drought has caused their home in the sewers to begin drying up. One day, they notice a tunnel that leads up to somewhere shining bright with light. Will the hairables be brave enough to leave their familiar home in search of something different, maybe even better?

When I read about the concept of creating characters out of lost hair, I thought the idea was creative and a little gross, which is a combination that kids love. Unfortunately, the plot of the book was lacking. There was no central conflict or plot arc, and the characters weren’t developed. The dialogue was also a bit dull. The book ended in a way that makes it clear this is going to be the first book in a series in which the hairables will have many adventures, but it would have been nice if the first book had gone beyond introducing the characters and setting the scene.

Hairables has full-page illustrations that show the different colors and styles of the hairables’ hair in detail. The pictures are colorful, and children will enjoy them. Based on the pictures, I assumed the book would have a focus on celebrating individuality and diversity. Unfortunately, I think the book missed an opportunity in this area. Although the different hairables commented on each other’s looks, their unique qualities weren’t expounded on in any way.

Because of the cute concept and illustrations, I rate this book 2 out of 4 stars. The lack of an exciting dialogue or storyline keeps me from rating it any higher. There were a few grammatical and punctuation errors that I noticed, but nothing was super distracting.

Based on the reading level, I believe that older elementary schoolers could read this independently, and parents could read the book to younger children. That said, I’m not sure the book as written would be entertaining enough to hold a child’s attention. I am interested to see the direction that future books will take. If they contain exciting adventures and send positive messages, I think this has the potential to be a great series for kids.

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Post by Katie Canedy » 13 Nov 2019, 00:49

I don't think that I would ever want to read this book to be totally honest. Hair in drains gives me the creeps; it is really gross! I do think that young children will find it very entertaining, but I am not sure that adults would feel the same.
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Post by Magnify3 » 13 Nov 2019, 03:59

I am still trying to figure out the creation of a creature made out of hair let alone living in the sewer. Quite an imagination! Thanks for the detailed review!

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Post by spluficvictory » 13 Nov 2019, 07:45

This book looks like it could use some help with the plot. I hope the author takes your corrections to heart and work on it. The book has potential. Thanks for the review
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Post by kandscreeley » 13 Nov 2019, 20:23

Well, at least the illustrations are colorful and interesting. It sounds like a great concept. I just wish it was executed better. Hopefully the author can work on it more. Thanks!
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Post by unamilagra » 15 Nov 2019, 14:57

Katie Canedy wrote:
13 Nov 2019, 00:49
I don't think that I would ever want to read this book to be totally honest. Hair in drains gives me the creeps; it is really gross! I do think that young children will find it very entertaining, but I am not sure that adults would feel the same.
Haha, I totally understand! The thought of clumps of hair turning into living beings is a bit disturbing. Thanks for your comment!
Magnify3 wrote:
13 Nov 2019, 03:59



I am still trying to figure out the creation of a creature made out of hair let alone living in the sewer. Quite an imagination! Thanks for the detailed review!
Thank you for stopping by and commenting!


spluficvictory wrote:
13 Nov 2019, 07:45
This book looks like it could use some help with the plot. I hope the author takes your corrections to heart and work on it. The book has potential. Thanks for the review
I agree. Thanks for your comment!


kandscreeley wrote:
13 Nov 2019, 20:23
Well, at least the illustrations are colorful and interesting. It sounds like a great concept. I just wish it was executed better. Hopefully the author can work on it more. Thanks!
I hope so too, it does have potential. Thanks for commenting!

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Post by Prisallen » 15 Nov 2019, 15:24

I hope the author takes your criticism to heart and improves the storyline to make the book more interesting. I think it has possibilities. Thank you for the great review!

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Post by Mbrooks2518 » 17 Nov 2019, 08:02

This does seem like a book that my niece and nephew would like. Thanks for the review.

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Post by kdstrack » 19 Nov 2019, 19:47

I agree with you that this is a creative idea for a book. It's too bad the author was unable to capitalize on such a unique story line. Thanks for the honest review!

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Post by unamilagra » 20 Nov 2019, 14:33

Prisallen wrote:
15 Nov 2019, 15:24
I hope the author takes your criticism to heart and improves the storyline to make the book more interesting. I think it has possibilities. Thank you for the great review!
Me too! Thanks for commenting!


Mbrooks2518 wrote:
17 Nov 2019, 08:02
This does seem like a book that my niece and nephew would like. Thanks for the review.
Thank you for your comment!


kdstrack wrote:
19 Nov 2019, 19:47
I agree with you that this is a creative idea for a book. It's too bad the author was unable to capitalize on such a unique story line. Thanks for the honest review!
Thank you so much for stopping by!

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