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Platypus and the Lucky Day

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Platypus is certain today will be special. Then . . . his kite gets caught in a tree, the wind ruins his beautiful new painting, and it starts to rain—very hard. Everything is going wrong. But even though this not-so-perfect day hasn't turned out quite like he'd hoped, Platypus finds just the right way to make it a truly lucky one.
In his second adventure of this endearing series, the thoughtful, lively, and ...

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Overview

Platypus is certain today will be special. Then . . . his kite gets caught in a tree, the wind ruins his beautiful new painting, and it starts to rain—very hard. Everything is going wrong. But even though this not-so-perfect day hasn't turned out quite like he'd hoped, Platypus finds just the right way to make it a truly lucky one.
In his second adventure of this endearing series, the thoughtful, lively, and completely irrepressible Platypus shows once again that he is the ideal companion for every young child.

Platypus's lucky day does not turn out exactly the way he thought it would.

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Publishers Weekly
Smaller and harder to spot, Waldo returns in a quartet of hand-size paper-over-board volumes: Where's Waldo?; Where's Waldo Now?; Where's Waldo? In Hollywood; and Where's Waldo? The Fantastic Journey by Martin Handford. The new editions sport never-before-seen details such as extra characters and seek-and-find challenges; a mini magnifier is tucked into a pocket inside the front cover. (Aug.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-"Today is my lucky day," the duck-billed hero declares just before his kite gets stuck in a tree. Then, attempts to paint pictures are ruined by wind and rain. When he trips and falls on his way home, he decides to go back to bed where he finds a banana and his favorite stuffed animal. Cheered on by these discoveries, Platypus tackles his closet, a veritable treasure trove of beloved toys. A ride on his go-cart brings the story full circle; he crashes into a tree, causing the kite to fall and land in his lap, and he realizes that, "Today is my lucky day, after all!" Riddell's clean and clear ink-and-watercolor pictures perfectly depict the madcap adventures of this lovable hero who will always see the glass as half full. Pair this story with Judith Viorst's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Atheneum, 1972) for a different way of handling a day when everything goes wrong. Platypus gets an A+ for attitude.-Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A lucky day proves to be just so, but not before a series of mishaps casts a long shadow across Platypus's expectations. Upon waking, he declares, "Today is my lucky day." Why he feels so is not clear, but it's not a bad attitude to strike in the early morning, taking the optimistic high road. Then he runs into a little trouble with his kite: the string is all tangled; it snaps in the wind and sticks in a tree; the branch Platypus is crawling on breaks and sends him punishingly earthward. He tries painting-enough of that kite-but the wind plays havoc with the paper and then the rain douses him good. Platypus makes a beeline for his bed-enough of the world, forsooth-there to find a banana and a missing, beloved stuffed toy under the covers. Things are looking better. He opens a closet to find an old go-cart, which he takes outside, modestly crashes into a tree, whereupon the kite tumbles from the branches and the day can start anew. As in his introductory story about this winsome character (Platypus, p. 577), Riddell places his watercolor and black ink spots on wide expanses of white, creating focal points that carry the tale. Comical in its own low-key way, what succeeds here is the note of cheery hope-even that dive into the bed looks like it had to be fun. Keep on smiling. (Picture book. 2-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152167233
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Platypus
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.88 (w) x 9.66 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

CHRIS RIDDELL is the creator of Platypus and has illustrated many other picture books, including two that were commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal: Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess, Page and Something Else, which also won the UNESCO Award for Children's Books. He lives in Brighton, England.

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