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Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 3–A boy and his faithful dog are forced to play outside by a mother who doesn't understand that using a video game is playing. Once there, the unhappy youngster finds two of his friends who are in the same situation. A game of trying to catch the last leaf on a tree, the lucky leaf, ensues. Done in pen and ink and colored in PhotoShop, the illustrations feature crisp, vibrant colors that create a vivid setting. The bright blues of the sky and rust of the leaves evoke a perfect fall day. The story is told through spare, but effective, dialogue presented in speech bubbles. The visual antics of the dog and a squirrel add to the fun. In fact, the squirrel just may be the key to acquiring the lucky leaf. The book ends just where it began–the boy once again glued to his video game–with one small addition: the lucky leaf is perched jauntily on his head. This lighthearted tale is a good choice for one-on-one sharing or for independent readers.–Catherine Callegari, San Antonio Public Library, TX
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About the Author

KEVIN O'MALLEY is the co-author and illustrator of the popular Miss Malarkey series as well as the award-winning Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude and the national bestseller Gimme Cracked Corn and I Will Share. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; Reprint edition (July 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802796478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802796479
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.2 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,304,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Illustrator Kevin O'Malley has written and illustrated a number of books, including "Little Buggy Runs Away" and the Miss Malarkey books by Judy Finchler. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Fox on February 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
You know you have joined the 21st century when children's books show the protagonist playing a video game. Undoubtedly, most kids will be able to relate to this, but I confess I didn't know what "level 20" meant when I opened this book. It was a jarring contrast to what seemed to be the topic of the book: fall leaves. Then it hit me, the contrast is one of the things that makes this book interesting and as arresting as the bright, digitally-colored illustrations that help tell the story. And the story is that Mom forces the video-game-playing boy to go outside and play. While outside, he and some likewise digitally marooned boys decide the last leaf to fall is the lucky one. His friends finally give up the wait, and there are some humorous frames of the boy and his dog in the leaves, impatiently waiting. Finally, he does catch it and take it home where - no surprise - he is wearing the leaf on his head to give him luck while he again plays level 20. It's not a typical story where the young boy rediscovers nature, but it is something kids can relate to, even if it does make some of us diehard video-game haters blood boil!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on March 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The book is about a boy who is really into his video game. He's almost beating level 20 when his mom calls for him to play outside. He's really upset. Once outside he finds that his frinds are outside as well. Their parents sent them out as well for some nice fall air. They notice that one tree has one leaf left. One boy says that he heard that the last leaf to fall from the tree is lucky. So the boys wait and wait for it to fall. Two of the boys finally give up and only one waits it out. When the leaf falls he takes it back inside and puts it on his head. Then it's back to the video game to see if it will bring him luck!

The book is a good read for all ages. I liked the illustrations in the book.

I would recommend this book to others. It's a good fall time theme book. It can lead to discussions on weather and leafs. It only has a few words per page making it easy to share with lots of age groups.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
There are some staples of childhood that have been around as long as there have been children. Parents nagging kids to wash their hands before eating. Kids leaving their toys out for everyone to trip over. Yadda yadda yadda. The nice thing about kids, though, is that as the world around them changes, they often adapt perfectly. Consequently, the things parents nag them about change as well. When I was a kid (and I am now 27) my mother would tell me to stop playing video games on my Commodore 64 and go outside to get some fresh air. 20 some odd years later, parents are still yelling at their kids to do the same dang thing. It's a whole new childhood staple. In "Lucky Leaf" our protagonist goes head to head with nature, triumphs, then immediately rushes back to his indoor world. It makes for an amusing picture book.

Told entirely in the form of a cartoon (complete with speech bubbles) our young hero begins the book by coming within a hair's breath of beating the near impossible level 20 on his video game. His mother, hearing his joy, abruptly puts an end to it by telling him to go play outside (his reply that he is, in fact, playing goes ignored). With much grumbling he does so, meeting up with two other friends who have been similarly thrown from their own homes. While under a tree they see a single orange leaf poised to blow away at the top of a tree. As everyone knows, the last leaf on a tree is a lucky one. "But only if you can catch it". The rest of the book consists of our hero attempting to outsmart the stubborn foliage, whether by hiding behind a tree or under a pile of its fellows. By the end, the leaf is caught and our hero's luck is put to good kid-sized use.
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