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✵ Book Review: A Daydream a Day by Ivan Tu


Rating: 5 out of 5.

About the Book

A Daydream a Day is a collection of fifty cute drawings and inspirational poetry about growing up, defining success, and falling in love. The black-and-white, cartoon-style drawings will fully immerse readers in the daydreams of a young adult trying to make sense of life.

The collection is divided into five parts—on a continuum from being lost to facing inner demons and finding a life direction. Each drawing and poem compel readers to consider life, extracting simple but profound truths through visual art: pursue your dreams, stay humble, and never give up.

Along the way, readers will encounter a vast expanse of cartoon characters—a skydiver; a big, furry bear; and a boy catching feelings. In addition, the collection serves as a reference and inspiration for digital artists in search of new ideas on brush/pen, background, and shading techniques.

Ivan Tu’s collection is perfect for young adults searching for happiness in a confusing and competitive world. Ivan discovered how to be happy in the act of creation, and hopes his words and drawings leave a smile on your face too.

My Thoughts

From identity, purpose, and love and loss to stress, abuse, and guilt and temptation, Ivan Tu brings the joys and struggles of young adulthood to light. He fills the pages of A Daydream a Day with thoughtful poetry and quirky illustrations that are unique to his own style and ever so creative.

Reading this collection of poems felt like playing a round of The Game of Life because, after all, these poems are just that: thoughts put into words for the journey that is life.

Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. All thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own, and I was not required to leave a positive review.

Do you enjoy reading poetry? What do you think of books with pictures (I love them!)? Are you someone who likes supporting indie and self-published authors? Drop me a note in the comments! 🤗

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19 thoughts on “✵ Book Review: A Daydream a Day by Ivan Tu

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    1. Thanks for visiting my blog, Isha! 🤗🤎 Ivan is a great guy; I’m grateful I got the chance to read his book.

      (Btw, if you are a book reviewer, he may be willing to send you a free copy! You just gotta reach out and ask.)

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    1. Yep, I read it in a day and wrote my review on the same day. It was the best feeling ever! 😊 I used to dislike poetry a little, but I’m finding myself appreciating it more and more now. If you want some recs, I’d highly recommend Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickinson! Their poetry is AMAZING.


    1. Awesome!! 💓💓💓

      By the way, do you know how to automatically set the first image in a blog post as the featured image? I’m afraid of using up my allotted space on WP by uploading too many images, but right now, WP isn’t featuring the cover of A Daydream a Day on this post…

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      1. I’m not too sure about that, I think if you want it to be your featured image it you’ll have to upload it which will take up space. Try adding the image at the start of the post by pasting it instead of using the featured image option.

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        1. Aw, shucks. What I did with this post is paste the image link instead of using the featured image option, but WP isn’t featuring the image on my home page. I’d also assume it didn’t feature it in the Reader, either. I guess I’ll just have to upload the image instead?

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          1. Right, and at first, I didn’t know that I didn’t need to download and upload every image (I could just use an URL), so I kinda need to go back and fix that for all my earlier posts and for my pages.

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    1. AHH, thanks so much for subscribing, Anoushka! 🤗💓💓 Books with illustrations are my favorite, and I’m sometimes guilty of neglecting the words and just flipping to see all the pictures. 😆 I didn’t do that with this one, though, of course. 😉

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