My Lucky Day

My Lucky Day

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by Keiko Kasza
     
 

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An award-winning story time favorite with a hilarious twist at the end.

When a delicious-looking piglet knocks on Mr. Fox's door, the fox can hardly believe his good luck. It's not every day that dinner just shows up on your doorstep. It must be his lucky day!

But as the piglet is quick to point out, shouldn't the fox give him a bath first? And wouldn't it be

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An award-winning story time favorite with a hilarious twist at the end.

When a delicious-looking piglet knocks on Mr. Fox's door, the fox can hardly believe his good luck. It's not every day that dinner just shows up on your doorstep. It must be his lucky day!

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, and give him a massage so he'll make for a nice tender roast?

Preparing this feast is a lot of work, but the fox is sure it will be worth it. After all, it's his lucky day. Or is it?

In a funny trickster tale of her own, Kasza keeps readers guessing until the surprise ending when they'll realize it was piglet's lucky day all along.
 

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Publishers Weekly
Kasza (The Wolf's Chicken Stew) introduces another ravenous creature in this witty twist on a familiar theme. While sharpening his claws to hunt for his breakfast, a not-so-sly fox answers a knock on his door and finds a tasty-looking piglet. "This must be my lucky day!... How often does dinner come knocking on the door?" he exclaims, grabbing both the pig and a roasting pan. But when the quick-thinking, dirty piglet suggests that he would be a better meal if he were clean, the fox prepares him a soothing bath. When the piglet comments that he would provide more meat if he were fatter, the fox dons a chef's hat and serves up spaghetti and freshly baked cookies. And when, nestled in the roasting pan surrounded by vegetables and being placed in the oven, the piglet reflects that he would make a more tender roast if he had a massage, the fox complies. Exhausted from his exertions, the fox collapses on the floor, leaving the piglet to skip home-with the rest of the cookies-proclaiming, "This must be my lucky day." In a final funny flourish, the last page shows the pig relaxing in front of a fire, reading a directory of other predators (with the fox's name crossed out), wondering whom he will visit next. Kasza's gouache art is as buoyant and comical as her narrative, and she skillfully uses multiple vignettes to convey the fox's arduous preparations. The animals' facial expressions alone could carry this tale. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
As a hungry fox was preparing to hunt for his dinner, he heard a knock on the door. It was a "delicious-looking piglet." Declaring that it must be his lucky day, the fox begins dinner preparations, but the pig quickly points out that he is quite dirty. Fox collects wood, builds a fire, and fetches water. The piglet is being salt and peppered in the pan when he points out his small size. The fox then gathers tomatoes, makes spaghetti, and bakes cookies. The day continues with fox running and fetching and with the pig getting bathed, fed, and massaged. Guess whose lucky day it really was! "Dinner" turned out to be a wily fellow and perhaps the entire day was a set-up. The delightful tale is sure to appeal to children and adults alike. Playful illustrations and wonderful animal expressions capture the fun in this rollicking tale. 2003, GP Putnam's Sons, Ages 4 to 8.
—Laura Hummel
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 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 Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
It's become predictable, this story of the pig outfoxing the fox, but Kasza's version does sport his lively art and a measure of dry humor. When a piglet comes knocking on Mr. Fox's door, the fox can't believe his luck; he's not used to delivery service. The piglet is just about to be tucked in the oven, when he suggests a few improvements to Mr. Fox. Wouldn't he taste better if he were washed first-"Just a thought, Mr. Fox"-and plumped up and perhaps massaged to tenderize the meat? The fox agrees that he would, rushing madly about scrubbing, feeding, and working the piglet's tissues, and promptly falling into an exhausted swoon. The pig is last seen back in his pen, thumbing through his address book-Mr. Bear, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Coyote-getting ready to work the same ruse on another carnivore. Fun enough, though no self-respecting four-year-old will be very worried about this little porker's fate. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142404560
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/08/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
68,962
Product dimensions:
8.06(w) x 10.06(h) x 0.12(d)
Lexile:
AD270L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Keiko Kasza was born on a small Japanese island in the Inland Sea of Japan. She grew up in a typical Japanese extended family with her parents, two brothers, and grandparents. Uncles, aunts, and cousins also lived nearby. "All the steps I took growing up were very normal," Ms. Kasza says. "The only unusual thing I did was go to college in the United States." She graduated with a degree in graphic design from California State University at Northridge. Ms. Kasza married an American, and the United States has been her home ever since.

After publishing five children's books in Japan and working as a graphic designer for fourteen years, Ms. Kasza decided in 1988 to devote her time to picture books. She says, "Having two small boys and two professions was too much to handle."

Ms. Kasza admires many great picture-book creators, such as Leo Lionni and Maurice Sendak, but says that the work of Arnold Lobel has influenced her the most. The subtle humor and warmth he created in his books continues to inspire me," she says. "I often go back to his work when I get discouraged or lose confidence."

Ms. Kasza compares the process of making a book to acting on stage under the lights:
"I become the character that I'm working on at that moment. I pretend that I'm a bird looking for a mother, or a pig trying to impress his girlfriend. When I'm acting, I'm a child myself."

Ms. Kasza's ambition is not to create a hundred books, but to "create one really good book that will be kept on the family bookshelves for generations, although a hundred really good books would be even better, of course!"

Keiko Kasza lives in Indiana with her husband and two sons.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.
Keiko Kasza was born on a small Japanese island in the Inland Sea of Japan. She grew up in a typical Japanese extended family with her parents, two brothers, and grandparents. Uncles, aunts, and cousins also lived nearby. "All the steps I took growing up were very normal," Ms. Kasza says. "The only unusual thing I did was go to college in the United States." She graduated with a degree in graphic design from California State University at Northridge. Ms. Kasza married an American, and the United States has been her home ever since.

After publishing five children's books in Japan and working as a graphic designer for fourteen years, Ms. Kasza decided in 1988 to devote her time to picture books. She says, "Having two small boys and two professions was too much to handle."

Ms. Kasza admires many great picture-book creators, such as Leo Lionni and Maurice Sendak, but says that the work of Arnold Lobel has influenced her the most. The subtle humor and warmth he created in his books continues to inspire me," she says. "I often go back to his work when I get discouraged or lose confidence."

Ms. Kasza compares the process of making a book to acting on stage under the lights:
"I become the character that I'm working on at that moment. I pretend that I'm a bird looking for a mother, or a pig trying to impress his girlfriend. When I'm acting, I'm a child myself."

Ms. Kasza's ambition is not to create a hundred books, but to "create one really good book that will be kept on the family bookshelves for generations, although a hundred really good books would be even better, of course!"

Keiko Kasza lives in Indiana with her husband and two sons.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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My Lucky Day (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Businessbookjunkie More than 1 year ago
Fabulous little fable about a little pig that outsmarts it's predators. I think it has a great message for kids about using brains over braun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My First grader loves this book. We read it all the time and still laugh at the clever pig. Great for expressive dialogue and we laugh at the illustrations!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was introduced to this book via my kindergarten reading series, Reading Street. This is a clever story that is sure to keep the children giggling. Just when the adult in me assumed I knew the story line I realized I had been fooled! The illustrations, particularly the facial expressions, speak volumes. A fantastic book to use to exemplify the use of details in one's illustrations. I ordered additional copies as the children asked for one more look time and time again...a sure sign of a perfect piece of literature.
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I am 52 yrs. old but got this book for research purposes because I hope to become a writer of childrens books one day. This is the most clever book I think I've ever read!! I was just amazed the entire time I was reading it. Very very cute storyline, wonderful illustrations, kept my attention on every line and this is a book I will keep in my own library for years to come. I will also be recommending it to parents with children. I can only wonder how the author came up with such a clever book. What an inspriation to me!! But most of all what a wonderful and funny book for children!! I would guess that every child would just love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute story about a pig who tricks his natural enemies into making him gourmet meals, giving him bubble baths, and even massages. Brains can win out against brawn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of our favorites! The humor is great for children and adults. Our 3 and 4 year olds have turned this one into a play at home. The facial expressions on the animals, and the effort that the fox goes to is hilarious!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite kids' books -- to read to my kids and to give as a gift. Kids are engaged by the great illustrations and the narrative that really moves. Great pick!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son who is four years old and me love to read it. We act out this book. He knows the book by heart. I will be a future teacher and will read this book to my students. I will also read this book for literacy night at an elementary school.My partner and me will wear masks to make it fun.