Tilda Tries Again is an amazing book by Tom Percival that teaches children (and their parents who are reading along) the importance of not giving up even when that is all you really want to do.

Tilda’s world is perfect. She has her friends and her books and her toys. But one day, her just-right world is turned upside down and suddenly everything that once seemed simple felt really difficult. She didn’t feel like seeing her friends or doing anything at all. So, she didn’t, pulling away from everything she loved.

Then one day, Tilda sees a ladybug flipped on its back and no matter how it wiggled and struggled, the ladybug wasn’t able to get back on its feet. Until it did.

Tilda realizes that she also can’t give up.

Just because she decided to try it again, didn’t mean it came easy. It didn’t. But Tilda now knew she couldn’t give up, but as long as she tried her best, things would work out.

While the world still seemed topsy-turvey, Tilda continued to try.

What an amazing lesson. I loved how Percival didn’t guarantee Tilda would feel better, in fact, she still felt things were difficult, but she learned if she tried hard and continued to put herself out there, she was able to feel better.

I also loved the illustrations, how Tilda’s happy world of sunshine and colours, disappeared when her world flipped.

There is a great note from Percival to readers at the end of the book.

Tilda Tries Again by Tom Percival is from Raincoast Books and Bloomsbury and retails for $24.99.

A copy of Tilda Tries Again was courtesy of Raincoast Books
for an honest review. The opinions are my own.