Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Shelf Life [kids]

LuckyLucky by David Mackintosh, 32 pages.
@SPL:  JP Macki

We’re having a surprise at dinner tonight. Mom says so.

“What is it?” my brother Leo asks.

“Just wait and see,” says Mom.

When a boy and his younger brother are told by their mom that there will be a surprise at suppertime, an animated guessing game begins.

Could the surprise be curly fries for dinner? Tickets to the Amazing Yo-Yo Super Show at the town hall? Separate bedrooms for the two brothers? A new bike?  A new family car, or even a swimming pool in the backyard?  The guesses escalate as the boys’ imaginations soar.

They make one last guess on their way to school: a family trip to Hawaii.

Having now convinced themselves that their parents MUST have somehow won an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii (sure to be an awesome place filled with erupting volcanoes and rivers of boiling lava!), the siblings tell a friend the exciting news. Of course, it spreads and in no time, everyone in the school has heard.

However, at dinnertime the brothers discover that a very different surprise is waiting for them.

The older brother is disappointed and mortified. What will everyone at school think? 

However, with the help of his ever-enthusiastic younger brother and his supportive parents, he quickly cheers up.

After all, even if he won’t soon be exploring volcanoes in Hawaii, he really is a very lucky boy.

An entertaining tale about the true meaning of “lucky” and the power of imagination, Lucky is sure to provoke some thoughtful discussion. The zany guesses of the two boys are well matched by quirky, detailed illustrations. David Mackintosh is both the author and illustrator of this not-to-be-missed picture book.

** Recommended for ages 4 to 8 years.

This review appears in the Stratford Gazette. Written by Sally Hengeveld, Librarian.

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