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Brunhilda’s Backwards Day by Shawna J. C. Tenney



Brunhilda the witch loves making trouble. Each morning, she wakes up on the wrong side of the bed, puts on her ugliest dress, eats spider mush for breakfast, and brushes her teeth with candy. Then she looks in the mirror and happily observes, “You are utterly repulsive!” As soon as she leaves the house, she begins to spread her misery. No one is safe from her rainy-day spells or her wart-growing charms!

But one night, Brunhilda’s cat makes trouble instead.

When Brunhilda wakes up that next morning, she is on the right side of the bed. All she can find to wear is a fluffy pink ball gown. And her spider mush is replaced with oatmeal; her candy replaced by toothpaste! The day has gone completely backwards. What will happen when Brunhilda casts her all-time favorite misery-inducing spells?

This is a silly story about how sometimes being nice can be more rewarding than being mean. Brunhilda may decide to keep some of her warts in the end, but she’s a changed witch. Waking up on the wrong side of the bed just doesn’t work for her anymore.

A picture book for 3 to 6 year olds, this book teaches kids that being kind and nice to people actually makes you feel better than playing tricks and being mean. A good lesson for young children, teachers and parents will enjoy the message while kids will be enthralled with the bright, colorful illustrations and the silly, warty witch.


My girls are very into witches right now so I knew Brunhilda’s Backwards Day had a very good chance of being a hit – and I was not disappointed. The book itself is beautifully illustrated with bright colours and plenty of details that work so well with this charming story.

Brunhilda herself is absolutely delightful, it was fun to see her react to positive feedback from her antics when they went wrong and had the effect of making someone happy.

This is a perfect book to pick up in time for Halloween, but you can be sure your kids will want to read it year round.

kathy downey

Tuesday 1st of November 2016

This is going to make a great stocking stuffer!

kathy downey

Sunday 9th of October 2016

Thanks for the review,my granddaughter would enjoy this one !