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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Tutu and the Worst Day Ever is a children’s animal picture book written by Ewa Dahlig and illustrated by Marta Dahlig. The sun has already risen over Tumilu Valley, but Tutu is still fast asleep and dreaming the most lovely dream about a magical candy land. Tutu’s mom, however, is insistent that he wakes up now and begin his day. First, she’d like him to clean up his room a bit and then have some breakfast, but Tutu would rather go out to the park and play with his friends, Lulu and Mimi. He’s been in a bad mood ever since he woke up from that sweet dream. Maybe his friends can make him feel better about the day?
Tutu and the Worst Day Ever introduces a grumpy Tutu who seems to be having a horrible day. Everything that can go wrong is going wrong, but maybe he has to step back a minute and take stock of what’s been happening since he woke up. I loved watching the interactions between Tutu and his kind and patient mother, and couldn’t help but chortle a bit at the near tantrums Tutu seems to be indulging in until he finds his moment of clarity. Dahlig’s story flows beautifully, and the lessons in this story are delightfully handled. Marta Dahlig’s illustrations are a joy to behold. Each panel is filled to the brim with little creatures, cloud pictures and countless surprising little details to discover. I especially loved the hedgehogs and the guinea pig who is being walked by a badger. This book will be fun for caregivers and young listeners alike as they follow the adventures Tutu, Lulu, and Mimi have and lose themselves in the natural wonders of Tumilu Valley. Tutu and the Worst Day Ever is most highly recommended.