for Tuesday Tucks Me in
by Luis Carlos Montalván, Dan Dion, and Bret Witter
Luis Carlos Montalván is a disabled veteran who relies on his service dog, Tuesday, for help with daily tasks as well as emotional support. A photo-documentary from Tuesday’s perspective describes their relationship and some of their typical (visiting a veterans’ hospital) and not-so-typical (a trip to an amusement park) outings. In particular, the narrative does a remarkable job describing Luis’s PTSD in straightforward, accessible prose. “He gets nervous when people are around … or there are sudden movements … or loud sounds. So each morning, we sit together outside our apartment building, waiting, until his breathing and heartbeat tell me he’s calm. Then I walk beside him, always on his right side, so Luis knows that I am there.” Wonderful color photographs capture the loving and essential relationship between Luis and Tuesday. (Ages 7–10)
CCBC Choices 2015. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2015. Used with permission.
As narrated by Tuesday, Tuesday Tucks Me In is a day in the life of this service dog extraordinaire and tail-wagging ambassador for all things positive and uplifting in the world. The book takes us through a typical day of adventures, starting with Tuesday waking military veteran Luis Carlos Montalván in the morning and greeting him with dog breath in the face, and then ending with Tuesday cuddling up to Luis on their bed, the last moment they spend together before sleep.
Publisher description retrieved from Google Books.