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Friday 4 January 2019

Review: Tricky's Bad Day

Tricky is not having a great day.

He spills milk on the floor, his clothes won’t cooperate, his scooter breaks, his smoothie splatters and his sister wrecks his game. 

His mood goes from bad to worse, until Tricky doesn’t even want to be in a good mood anymore.

He just wants to be bad!

But Dad knows bad moods are no good for young cubs, and he also knows a few secret tricks to make them go away.

This is a fabulous picture book for kids. They will relate to the strong emotions Tricky experiences, and, in a gentle way, be encouraged to find ways to turn a bad mood around when they inevitably fall into one.

It’s also a great reminder to parents and carers that sometimes small things can feel like big things in a child’s world, but simple activities can help kids reset when they're struggling with emotions.

I love how the book explores family life, and that the family is familiar but also challenges stereotypes, with Mum heading out for the day while Dad stays home to care for the three kids.

Alison Lester books never disappoint and Tricky’s Bad Day is no exception. With stunning illustrations in a beautifully soft palette, plus rhyme and rhythm throughout, this is lovely book that gently teaches while it entertains.

For more delightful Alison Lester books, check out The Very Noisy Baby, The Silver Sea, Purr and the classic The Magic Beach

Title: Tricky's Bad Day
Author/Illustrator: Alison Lester
Publisher: Affirm Press, $19.99
Publication Date: 30 October 2018
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781925712513
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book