A Song for Jamela, Hardback

A Song for Jamela Hardback

Illustrated by Niki Daly

Part of the Jamela series

3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


The summer holidays are here and all Jamela can think about is the Afro-Idols TV final.

So, when she lands a job at Divine Braids hair salon, she can't believe her eyes to see Afro-Idols celebrity, Miss Bambi Chaka Chaka, in the salon.

But while Jamela's idol dozes and Aunt Beauty designs her starry hairdo, a buzzy fly threatens to ruin everything.

Can creative Jamela save the day?


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 36 pages, chiefly col. Illustrations
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Picture storybooks
  • ISBN: 9781845078713


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I got this book sight unseen because I love these books.This one falls a little flat for me. Jamela is bored, her mother sends her to visit with her aunt at her aunt's hairdressing salon, a star comes in for the South African version of "American Idol" (Afro-Idols... maybe it's not limited to South Africa? I don't know), she falls asleep while they braid her hair, Jamela accidentally smacks the hairdresser's behind with a flyswatter and the poor star ends up with a reverse mohawk from the razor.These books always have simple resolutions and happy endings, and I'm not faulting that, they're picture books. But this time the solution was found too quickly, and it seems a little too pat. The star never notices a third of her hair has been shaved off (although she might figure it out in the morning) and nobody fesses up.It just seemed a little too unrealistic. Most of the Jamela books, I really like. This one... not so much. Unless you're a big fan, pass it by. Get Jamela's Birthday or Jamela's Dress instead.

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