Monday, January 9, 2012


Written by:  Craig Inglis
Illustrated by:  Richard Kinsey
ISBN:  9781463777562
Published November 5, 2011 by CreateSpace
Available Format:  Paperback

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads Synopsis:  Can a terrier named Lucky bounce back from some bad luck? Lucky, the illustrated children's book by Craig Inglis is a puppy tale any child will love – and will also learn about overcoming even the most serious disability to find happiness again. With an easy-to-read story and beautiful illustrations by Richard Kinsey, this uplifting, enlightening picture book is targeted for children seven years or younger, but is certain to capture the heart of children of all ages. "Lucky" shares the tale of a man who feels like something is missing in his life. He decides to get a dog and names him Lucky. Together, the man and Lucky have a great life. The man teaches Lucky tricks, and they go for walks. All the fun stops when Lucky runs into some very bad luck. Gentle and playful, "Lucky" shows children that they can overcome even the most challenging of problems with the love of friends and with plenty of determination. Positive and joyful, this highly original, instructive book will spark animal lovers everywhere, and show children the power of positive thinking in difficult times, such as a life-changing physical disability, through the triumphant story of a lovable, plucky dog named Lucky.

Any animal owner/lover will relate to the tale of sweet little Lucky. Chosen as a companion, he soon endures a serious injury, after which he must learn to overcome and carry on his charmed, canine life with his best human friend. Lucky doesn’t let things get him down, and he is able to bounce back quickly with just a slight physical difference.

Overall, my children and I really loved this little story. The illustrations are colorful and entertaining, and we loved the size of the books – easy for younger readers to see and hold. The only thing that put me off a bit was the focus immediately after Lucky’s accident when he was barely breathing and the time while the doctor was working on him. Honestly, it kind of scared my children. While I try to be pretty open with them about serious things like this, I felt it took a little away from the overall story, which is really heartwarming and positive. The fact that little Lucky was able to quickly overcome his disability and have a perfectly normal and happy life certainly makes up for the scariness in the middle.