My daughter, Nikki and I were very excited when we got a new book to add to our story time line up called, Brunhilda’s Backwards Day. This book is written and illustrated by Shawna J. C. Tenney.
Brunhilda’s Backwards Day is an adorable children’s book that takes us into Brunhilda’s world which is full of witch trouble. Each morning she wakes up on the wrong side of the bed (yes she purposely does this, after all she is a witch), puts on her ugliest dress, eats spider mush for breakfast, and brushes her teeth with candy. She then looks in the mirror and happily observes, “You are utterly repulsive!” As soon as she leaves the house, she begins her trouble making ways and starts casting spells of chaos.
Then one night, Brunhilda’s cat decides to make trouble instead. The next morning Brunhilda finds herself having a backwards kind of day. It starts with waking up on the right side of the bed, having only a fluffy pink ball gown to wear, oatmeal for breakfast and toothpaste to brush her teeth instead of candy. On top of it all, her spells had the opposite effect and good was happening instead of bad. But with the good spells that she was doing she realized the reward of other people’s happiness was making her feel great. Brunhilda changed her ways for the better but of course she decided to still be her but a good her (minus the pink fluffy ball gown and I don’t blame her for that!).
Nikki and I give this book five witch cackles out of five. The story flows really well and it is an easy read. The illustrations articulate the story beautifully with the colourful pictures and characters. I honestly can’t get over how stunning the illustrations are!
The message that we got from this story is that being kind and nice to people makes you feel better than being mean. This is a great message for children to learn as it shows the effect of playing tricks can have on people and how being nice is the best way to be. This book beautifully portrays this empowering message clearly and it is done in the most artistic way for all to enjoy. It is better to be a nice person than a bully, that’s for sure!
We just adored this book and we think you will too! It is a great book for children ages 3 to 6 but I think even at 10 they would enjoy it too.
To purchase this lovely book visit, https://www.amazon.com/Brunhildas-Backwards-Day-Shawna-Tenney/dp/163450691X.
Until next time…..Happy Parenting!
– Momma Braga