My Lucky Day

My Lucky Day

by Keiko Kasza

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ISBN-13: 9780142404560
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/08/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 69,680
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.14(d)
Lexile: AD270L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About 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) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
othmanw on LibraryThing 2 days ago
¿My Lucky Day¿ is a children¿s story by Keiko Kasza. In this story, a little pig knocks on Mr. Fox¿s door by mistake and Mr. Fox is shocked at his good luck. But the clever little pig points out that Mr. Fox should give him a bath to make clean, and then feed him to fatten him up and then massage him so his skin will be tender for eating. Mr. Fox does all this and after all his hard work, is too exhausted to cook the pig. The pig runs away and it turns out that it is the pig¿s lucky day. This amusing story has a clever twist and is exciting for young children. The illustrations are entertaining and take up most of the page. The illustrations are much bigger than the writing and this is good for children.Overall, I see this as an exceptional children¿s story that is definitely humorous and witty. It is funny and young kids will certainly enjoy it. The plot makes it appealing as it keeps readers guessing at what will happen to the little pig. It is paced quite well and is simply a charming tale. It is a good book with thought provoking themes.
arewald on LibraryThing 2 days ago
A fun twist on several little pig fairy tales and nursery rhymes. A piglet shows up at the doorstep of a hungry fox just in time for dinner. But, who is really having the lucky day? Cute, repetitive, and with a surprise ending!
mccabe1030 on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Jefferson Library Lakeshore:Awesome tale with a fairy tale switch. The fox is getting ready for a hunt when a pig knocks on his door....
VerrillC on LibraryThing 2 days ago
This is a funny book with many emotions! It would be a great book to have children try to imagine the thoughts and feelings of the pig and the fox. You can tell by their facial expressions what they must be thinking at that time. You may need to give an example of what you mean when you ask what the fox or pig is thinking. Children may have a hard time figuring this out. It is also a book that takes on a whole new meaning once you reach the end so it might be fun to have the children reread the book with the new ending in mind.
gdesano on LibraryThing 2 days ago
This book portrays a lucky piglet who tricks a hungry fox into nurturing him into exhaustion until the fox passes out so tired. Illustrations are beautiful, and the quotations are witty. Well done
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.