Who do I see in the Mirror? by Vese Aghoghovbia Aladewolu

philly and friends mirror

My enormous thanks to the author Vese Aghoghovbia Aladewolu for a copy of her children’s book Who Do I See in the Mirror? which is one of her Philly & Friends series and is illustrated by Irene Omiunu. Vese’s books are designed to empower children, especially girls, and support underprivileged children around the world. For each Philly & Friends book sold, another book will be sent to a child in Africa.

Who Do I See in the Mirror? is available for purchase through the links here.

Who Do I See in the Mirror?

philly and friends mirror

“There is only one me!”
As Philly looks at her reflection in the mirror, she realises that from her curly hair to her legs that love to dance, she is unique.
But what makes her truly special is her good heart and curious mind.
The important message conveyed is for children to love the skin they are in. It’s what you are on the inside that matters most.

My review of Who Do I See in the Mirror?

Philly looks in the mirror and wonders who she is.

Who Do I See in the Mirror? is a truly lovely children’s book. The language is totally accessible to young independent readers but works equally well for those children needing the text read to them. The use of repetition reinforces both theme and vocabulary so that there’s a super opportunity for children to learn as they enjoy finding out what Philly likes about herself.

There are vibrant illustrations that provide positive subliminal messages not directly featured in the text which I feel is hugely important. For example, Philly’s friends are a mix of ethnicities so that children can see how we are all important, regardless of race. Snacks on the kitchen table suggest healthy fruit and veg as well as the cake treats in the picnic basket, prompting healthy eating. Philly is active and curious – exactly as we’d like all children to be.

I loved the way in which Philly appreciates each of her physical attributes, but that the most important part of who she is comes from having a good heart and curious mind. The ‘Awesome Award’ certificate at the end of the book allows any young reader to be appreciated and made to feel special.

Who Do I See in the Mirror? is utterly charming. It’s beautifully illustrated and with a very important confidence building message about self-image so that I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Philly and I’m sure any child would too! I really recommend Who Do I See in the Mirror? to share with young children, especially as doing so will help underprivileged children world wide too.

About Vese Aghoghovbia Aladewolu


Vese Aghoghovbia Aladewolu was born in Nigeria and later moved to the UK where she gained a Masters Degree in Engineering from Imperial College London.

Vese lives in London with her husband and young daughter who has inspired Philly & Friends.

You an find out more by visiting the Philly & Friends website, following Vese on Twitter @phillynfriends and finding her on Instagram. There’s a Facebook page for Philly too.

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