The Very F*cking Tired Mummy

By Martyna Wiśniewska Michalak

A deeply relatable, laugh-out-loud funny parenting book about an exhausted and snack-addicted mummy

Illustrated | Mental health
121% funded
623 supporters
Writing in progress

Publication date: TBC

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An original artwork by Martyna showing you (or a f*cking tired mummy of your choice) as the mummy burrito from the book's cover, plus everything from the Collectable level.
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The Very F*cking Tired Mummy is a hilarious picture book that captures every parent’s struggle of balancing life’s admin, work and entertaining their children. Born from the author’s own experience of taking care of her daughter during COVID-19 quarantine, the parody of the beloved The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle was Marti’s way of documenting her frustrations and the sheer exhaustion of taking care of a toddler while stuck in isolation. Now, after becoming an online sensation, the book is finally on the way to parents all over the globe!

The book follows a mother’s journey as she eats through her typical week in lockdown, from pizza and wine to a dog treat, and does not shy away from the harsh realities of parenting. Did you forget to put on your pants today? Did you hide away in a blanket burrito to get some well-deserved peace and quiet? Did the kids paint the dog? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Parenting is hard and this mummy is f**king tired.

When Marti released pages of the book online, the response was overwhelming. By October 2020, the story had been viewed more than 10,000,000 times and received over 64,000 shares, with many of the 13,000 commenters begging for a book version. To gift or to have, The Very F*cking Tired Mummy is the most perfect, and fun, way to deal with the parenting headaches.

To help all the tired parent readers, the print book will also provide fun checklists and ways to ease the child-cluttered brain when you feel completely lost in the mummy-maze. Its up to you if you want to use it as a diary or a rant collection… just let out that silent internal scream and let the book help you through it.

The Very F*cking Tired Mummy is the true embodiment of many parents' daily routine, and is guaranteed to make excellent bedtime reading for the whole family. Well, most of the family.

The Very F*cking Tired Mummy by Martyna Wisniewska Michalak is only available to support and pledge for through this website. To the extent that books with similar illustrations or titles appear for sale through other sources they are not written or authorised by Martyna Wisniewska Michalak.

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    Martyna Wiśniewska Michalak

    Martyna Wisniewska-Michalak (Marti W. M.) was born in Warsaw, is currently based in London and can be quite often found in Tokyo. She is a painter, illustrator and doll maker. Martyna graduated from Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts (2007), and has cooperated with various magazines as illustrator and writer in Poland (A4, Ro-style, Kawaii,) China (Neew Mag) and USA (The Bacon.) She was also involved in tattoo art (Tattoo LA in USA and Shi Ryu Doh in Japan) and was a doll clothes designer for Doll Heart company in Korea and illustrator for a Polish brand, Lady Sloth. She designed and produced a line of collectible dolls, Marti Presents Dolls.


    Martyna describes her art as auto-portraits of her mental health, which affects the way she sees the world around her. The Very F*cking Tired Mummy is her first book, and she hopes it could help other parents who are trying to make sense of 'the new normal’ while also bringing them the exquisite joy of knowing that they are not alone.

  • Martyna Wiśniewska Michalak has written 1 private update. You can pledge to get access to them all.

    2nd September 2021 we made it!!!!!

    You made it guys! Thank you so much for trusting me with this project, I hope you won't be disappointed with my book. Lots of work ahead of me, I have a meeting with the Unbound team and my editors soon. I'm freaking out a little, as making a book for publishing is waaaay more complicated than putting a few pages online. I`ll be updating you soon with all the news! 

     

    Today I almost finished…

    6th June 2021 88%, Thank You!

    We are almost at 90%, almost made it to the end of crowdfunding! How amazing are you? I'm quite sure we can finish this effort soon. So, please pledge if you haven't! Get a copy for a friend! Get a copy for your enemy, as a passive aggressive way to tell them to ***** their perfect parenting! I can not wait to start the long publishing process with Unbond, a little scared of it too I must admit! Now…

    16th February 2021 almost there, 71%

    We made amazing progress with crowdfunding this book. Ower 71%, we are getting there! I can not wait. Thank you so much for believing in this project and supporting my work.

    28th October 2020 Decisions, decisions!

    In the following days I`ll be taking you behind the scenes of my book. I`ll be posting unpublished illustrations that didn't make the cut, some of the storyboard and so on. Hope you`ll like this little peek inside the creative process.

    Here are some of the cover illustrations I did, one of them ended up elsewhere in the book. Was it the right choice?

    20th October 2020 5%

    We are at 5%, thank you so much to all of you who pledged and shared this project.I'm taking a tiny break to put some Halloween decorations, and then, back to work!

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