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Ru-Zelda Severin

Fudgesicle is an engaging, gorgeously depicted culturally relevant book where little Black girls can find yummy representations of themselves. Each person of African descent in Novi’s world is a different shade of wondrous sun-toasted delight. Hassell, against whimsical yet relatable backdrops of Bermuda, illustrates Novi loving and being loved by all shades of valuable fudgesicle flavoured family and friends. While the message of positive self-concept and rejection of colourism is strong, the journey through Novi’s day also provides opportunities to talk with young children about making choices and encountering disappointment. With any luck, Furbert will provide Bermuda’s little Black girls with a series of Fudgesicle delights!