Loni Edwards

Illustration and Paintings in Digital, Watercolors and Ink

Perfect Picture Book Friday – My Lucky Day

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.

ABCteach.com has some fun coloring pages of animals including a pig and a fox

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.

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  1. Erik -This Kid Reviews Books 27/01/2012

    This sounds like a really fun book! I reall like the cover illustration 🙂 I am going to check out your links!

  2. Joanna Marple 27/01/2012

    I love how the front cover portrays so much about the two characters, that shows a very skillful illustrator. Sounds a lot of fun, Lioni!

    • Loni Edwards 27/01/2012

      Yes, the front cover is what drew me to the book initially. It was great to see the whole book live up to it.

  3. Patricia Tilton 27/01/2012

    What a creative take on this story. Sounds like it is very funny and something kids will just have a ball reading again and again. Love the cover — it invites you to read the bok.

    • Loni Edwards 28/01/2012

      Yes, the cover is what drew me to it initially also. Thanks for your comment Patricia!

  4. Natalie 27/01/2012

    How cute is that little pig. Little pig sounds a lot like my littlest one–turns on his charm, and it takes him a long way!

    What a fun book! 🙂

    • Loni Edwards 28/01/2012

      Oh yes, the little pig is quite charming 🙂 Your son will love this book. Thanks Natalie!

  5. Christie Wright Wild 27/01/2012

    This IS a fun(ny) book! I really loved the ending!

  6. Jennifer Young 27/01/2012

    This book is a great choice! My kids enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing your review Loni.

  7. Julie Hedlund 27/01/2012

    Sounds cute. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Susanna Leonard Hill 27/01/2012

    This book sounds SO fun, and I love the cover! You can just tell what kind of characters you’re going to be reading about 🙂 I remarked this on someone else’s post, but we;ve got a great bunch of covers this week! Thanks for sharing, Loni 🙂

  9. Stacy S. Jensen 27/01/2012

    We haven’t read this yet. It looks like the perfect age range for my kiddo. I love to find fun books, because I love to hear him laugh.

  10. Kelly Korenek 27/01/2012

    Oh, I love a good trickster tale! Envisioning the fox “polishing” his claws makes me laugh :-)Great choice!

  11. Donna Martin 27/01/2012

    I own a copy of this book. Lovely story! Great choice, Loni!

  12. Robyn Campbell 28/01/2012

    What a great cover! And a fantastically fun story. What an excellent choice. I love humorous books and the cover shows me that the illustrations are loads of fun! I really wanna buy this book. *waving*

  13. Beth Stilborn 28/01/2012

    I love books that turn our expectations on their heads! This sounds great. (Sorry I’m late this week.)

    • Loni 29/01/2012 — Post Author

      Hi Beth! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  14. Vivian Kirkfield 29/01/2012

    Loni…what an absolutely charming choice. It sounds like just the sort of story young children would love! I think I got myself in trouble when I connected with Susannah’s PPFB…I want to buy ALL of the picture books that are reviewed. 🙂

    • Loni Edwards 30/01/2012

      Hi Vivian! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yes, I agree, since joining PPBF, my list for the library has grown immensely! 😀

  15. Penny Klostermann 31/01/2012

    I added this to my library list. It looks really fun.

  16. Barbara 31/01/2012

    Cool book! I just LOVE little piggies. Did you see the photo on Susanna’s blog today? It’s too sweet.

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