Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Lucky, by David Mackintosh, shows the power of a child’s imagination in a rather hilarious way. Leo and his brother are having breakfast one morning when their mother announces that she has a surprise for them. Since their mom refuses to let them in on the surprise until dinner, the brothers’ imaginations are left to run wild. Ideas that start with curly fries quickly turn into more lavish surprises, like a new car and a swimming pool for their backyard. Finally, the boys settle on a two-week, all-expense-paid vacation to Hawaii that they’re quite sure their mother has won through a radio contest. The rumor spreads through their school, one of the boys tells his teacher that he’ll be gone from school for two weeks because he’ll be on vacation in Hawaii, and the principal decides to give the entire school ten minutes of free time because, “…this is the first time in history that anyone from our school has ever won a vacation.” After school, the boys hurry home to shock their mother by telling her that they’ve already guessed the surprise. Much to their disbelief, their mother greets them with a pizza rather than a vacation announcement.

Through his silly plot and equally amusing illustrations, Mackintosh is able to demonstrate how a child’s imagination can get twisted with reality in the blink of an eye. This is a cute story to share with your little dreamer.

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