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My Lucky Day Hardcover – September 29, 2003

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-Fans of the author's The Wolf's Chicken Stew (Putnam, 1987) will not be disappointed by this amusing offering. A hungry fox is sure that it's his lucky day when a delectable-looking pig knocks on his door by mistake. Mr. Fox grabs his squealing guest and starts to prepare a feast, but the pig asks him to wait, pointing out, "I'm filthy. Shouldn't you wash me first?" The fox prepares a lovely bath and the pig compliments him on being "a terrific scrubber." But then, the pig continues, shouldn't he be fattened up a bit? And shouldn't he be massaged so that he won't be tough? Mr. Fox grudgingly complies with these requests and soon finds himself so exhausted that "He couldn't lift a finger, let alone a roasting pan." The pig heads home, clean, well fed, relaxed, and ready to plan his next call on an unsuspecting predator. Set against white backgrounds, the lively gouache illustrations enhance the humorous and witty text. The fox's facial expressions clearly reflect his range of emotions, as he goes from sheer elation to pure exhaustion. He is as gullible and endearing as the pig is sly and charming. A good choice for storyhours as well as one-on-one readings.
Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN
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K-Gr. 2. A fox is saved the trouble of hunting for his dinner when a tasty-looking piglet arrives at his door. It's his lucky day--or so he thinks. Then, the wily piglet outfoxes the fox: Wouldn't the fox prefer a clean pig to roast? The fox gets busy heating bathwater. Next comes a spaghetti dinner to fatten Pig up, followed by a luxurious massage to make his meat more tender. The fox finally collapses in exhaustion, and the sated piglet scampers home to a warm fire, ready to plan his next "lucky day." The discerning child will find the fox's reaction to his lost dinner depicted on the back cover. Reminiscent of her earlier Wolf's Chicken Stew (1987), this well-paced, delightful book plays on traditional story patterns, enhanced by Kasza's lively illustrations. Children will relate this tale to the humor of a child outwitting a grown-up. Louise Brueggeman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD270L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (September 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399238743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399238741
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Every children's librarian has their storytime "secret weapon". The picture book that, should all else fail, will completely suck in and delight all children within hearing distance of the storyteller's voice. Some librarians swear by "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus", by Mo Willems. Others keep a copy of "Bark, George", by Jules Feiffer at hand at all times. Finally, there are those amongst us for whom nothing but "Duck On a Bike", by Dave Shannon is the answer. Myself? I figure a person can't go wrong with Keiko Kasza's masterpiece, "My Lucky Day". Telling a tale eerily similar to her early and tepid, "The Wolf's Chicken Stew", Kasza gives us a brilliant picture book custom-made for the storytime tellers amongst us. Keep you Shannons and your Feiffers. Give me a good Kasza anytime.

A fox is just about getting ready for a night's hunt for his dinner when who should come knocking on his door but a wayward piglet. The piglet, mistaking the fox's home for that of his friend Rabbit, is aghast at the situation, but the fox is understandably delighted. Whisking the protesting porker into his home, the carnivore is eager to plop the piggy into the roasting pan. Now condemned to his fate, the piglet points out that he is truly filthy. So the fox runs a variety of different errands and ends up giving the piglet a terrific bath. The piglet is once again in the frying pan when it points out that it's a rather small porker. Wouldn't some fattening up be a good idea? "Just a thought, Mr. Fox". So the fox runs around frantically and cooks up a fabulous meal for the pig. When at last it seems that the pig will finally be a tasty treat, it points out that its meat is mighty tough and that a massage should be in order.
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Our family loves this book! My husband will use the catchy phrase "just a thought Mr. Fox" when ending sentences with us. This is a wonderful book that our daughter instantly made one of her favorites. We read this book at least three times a week and sometimes more.
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I have three sons, ages 2, 4, and 7, who are captivated by this book and bombard me with requests to "Read it again, Mommy!" My two year old refers to My Lucky Day as his favorite book, and he carries it everywhere. Not only is the story line clever, but the illustrations are also fabulous. The last time I read a children's story with an ending this clever was when I got Bark, George, by Jules Pfeiffer.
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My girls (age 2 and 4) really love this book. It has an unexpected ending with the pig outsmarting the fox. This book is my first introduction to this author and I plan to check out her other books as well. The book has been fun to read to them and is a frequent choice for bed-time reading.
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Such a clever book; I think you could actually use this book to teach the difficult concept of irony. You wouldn't expect a sly, clever fox to be outwitted by a pig of all things. And, it's the pig who has the lucky day, not the fox, and you wouldn't expect a pig meeting a fox to have the lucky day. This is a fun, humorous story that I look forward to reading to my young daughter as she gets older. She's only 6 months but we read to her everyday and we're always looking for good stories for the day she can appreciate them. Add this to your library. Especially for the price, it's a story to have in your child's collection.
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This is one of our most favorite kids books. We came across this years ago in a book store. It is an awesome book, we love it and we love to give this as a baby gift. It ranks as one of our top 5 books to give.
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One of my kids' favorite books, this is a delightfully clever story about a piglet who mistakenly arrives on the front doorstep of the fox's house. What ensues is a game of cat and mouse—or fox and piglet, as the case may be—of the piglet stalling the fox while formulating a plan for escape. It is filled with excellent illustrations that fit the story perfectly. This is a fun tale for kids and their grownups alike. If you like clever children's books that also appeal to adults, you should absolutely get this book today. Just a thought, Mr. Fox.
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We have purchased 4 copies of this book (one for ourselves and three to give away)! It is clever, the pictures are hilarious, and you won't be disappointed by it in any way. We can't wait to see more books by this author/illustrator!
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