Amy Hodgepodge is a chapter book series about a young multiracial girl who is Japanese, African-American, Korean and White. The series, written by Kim Wayans (of the Wayans Family) and her husband Kevin Knotts, not only deals with issues of feeling different (i.e. Amy’s multicultural background), but also deals with the usual angst of growing up and dealing with other children.
I don’t know about you, but I was at first put off by the title “Amy Hodgepodge – All Mixed Up!” Hodgepodge makes me think of a jumbled mix of scraps, a mess, confusion, disorganization, without thought and so on. If the series is supposed to uplift multiracial children, surely it did not get off on the right foot with the title. (more…)