A Selection of International Children's and Youth Literature

Swedish / Sweden

Tilly som trodde att...
(Tilly, who believed that...)

Staaf, Eva (text)
Adbåge, Emma (illus.)
Stockholm: Rabén & Sjögren, 2014. – [28] p.
ISBN 978-91-29-68772-9

Everyday life – Behaviour – Parenting –
Picture book 

Even if the story states that “Tilly and Take don’t really know what it would be like to be someone else,” Tilly meets the world with open eyes and sees that there are thousands of ways to live life. When she is with Loppan, they are allowed to eat meringue cookies, even though it is Tuesday. At Take’s, meanwhile, they sit quietly at the kitchen table behind lowered blinds and hear Take’s mother say that life is not all fun and games. At the public pool, Tilly sees that Boris has no swimming things with him – and she thought that all parents always make sure their children have packed properly. Tilly carefully observes these things and wonders, but she does not pass judgment. “Live and let live” is the story’s motto.
That said, it is precisely Tilly’s “innocent” and open gaze
that brings out the absurdity of others’ behaviours. The illustrations underline this, too, and in some cases are especially revealing. (Age: 4+)