This week’s Perfect Picture Book Friday selection is from a favorite author/illustrator of mine, Keiko Kasza :
Title: My Lucky Day Written & Illustrated: Keiko Kasza Publisher: Penguin/Putnam (div of Scholastic), 2004
Age Range -Preschool to Grade 2
Themes: Humor, imagination, creativity, folktales
Opening & Synopsis:
One day, a hungry fox was preparing to hunt for his dinner. As he polished his claws he was startled by a knock at the door.
So begins the humorous tale of a fox and a pig. The fox thinks that he is smarter than the pig and plans to eat him for dinner. However, little does he know that the smart pig is all set to out “fox” him. This is a tale of the triumph of the underdog.
Here’s what the publisher wrote on Amazon: When a delicious-looking piglet knocks on Mr. Fox’s door by mistake, the fox is sure it must be his lucky day. It’s not every day that dinner just shows up on your doorstep! But as the piglet is quick to point out, shouldn’t the fox give him a bath first? And wouldn’t it be best to fatten him up a little? It’s beginning to look like “dinner” is a lot smarter than it seems.
Keiko Kasza has a great website which contains a teacher’s guide for her books.
Here is a great site full of coloring pages, including pigs
Why I like this book: I love the humor and creativity of this book. The little pig is so sweet. Even the fox ends up sympathizing with him. The illustrations go with the text perfectly. The flow of the story is very nice and will hold a child’s attention easily. Full of humor and fun, the ending will make you giggle!
Perfect Picture Book Fridays are a weekly blog event where participants review some of their favorite picture books. The posts are compiled on author Susanna Leonard Hill’s website. They are categorized by theme to help parents, educators and readers find the perfect picture book easily. To learn more, please visit Susanna’s site where you will find the complete PPBF’s library.