Lucky

by David Mackintosh

Their mom’s promise of a surprise at dinner has two young brothers’ imaginations... read more

Their mom’s promise of a surprise at dinner has two young brothers’ imaginations working overtime. Maybe it’s a swimming pool! (Oh, wait. They live in a high-rise apartment building.) Maybe it’s an elevator! (But mom says stairs are good for them.) The possibilities grow ever-more-wonderful — and improbable — until they’ve convinced themselves it must be a two-week trip to Hawaii. They tell all their friends. They give their teachers the heads-up that they’ll be gone. And then they get home, where the waiting surprise turns out to be … pizza! It’s a huge disappointment to the narrator/older brother, until younger brother Leo gleefully points out that it’s not just any pizza, but Hawaiian pizza! “Then he calls our banana splits Hawaiian ice cream. Sometimes, Leo makes my whole family laugh. Including me. And I don’t even like pineapple.” The energy and spontaneity of David Mackintosh’s narrative and illustrations capture a sense of wild possibility. (Ages 4–8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2015

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