Karen Latchana Kenney was born near the rainforests of Guyana, but moved far north to Minnesota at a young age. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in English and has been writing and editing since. She has worked as an editor at an educational publishing company, but is now a full-time freelance writer and editor in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has written more than 70 books on all kinds of subjects: from arts and crafts to biographies of famous people. Her books have received positive reviews from Booklist, Library Media Connection, and School Library Journal. When she's not busy writing, she loves biking and hiking with her husband and young son in the many beautiful parks of the state. Visit her online at http: //latchanakenney.wordpress.com/.
"It's tricky to satisfy readers' craving for beauty advice without appearing to endorse a particular standard of beauty or placing undue emphasis on appearance. These books incorporate a little science and a lot of good sense along with beauty tips and craft ideas. Skin emphasizes nutrition, sleep, and sunscreen while explaining what vitamin A does for skin and how ultraviolet rays harm it. Nail Care advises readers to be careful around acetone. Some of the tips in Hair Care will work for unstraightened African American hair, but all the illustrations are of straight or long, curly hair. Nevertheless, this set is a good update to Smart Apple's 'Girl Talk' series (2013). VERDICT: These offerings promote a healthy glow."--School Library Journal, Series Made Simple--Journal