The book: Fortunately, Unfortunately
Author/Illustrator: Michael Foreman
Publisher: Anderson Press USA
Suggested Age Range: 4 - 8
Fortunately, Unfortunately is a book made in heaven for little boys. It features everything they love - aliens, pirates and dinosaurs - all in one adventure. It probably could have done with a garbage truck or train thrown in for good measure, but I digress. When I spotted the cover of this book, I knew we had to read it.
The hero of our tale is named Milo. His mother asks him to go to Granny's house (of course!) to return her umbrella which she left behind. On his way, he gets caught in a rainstorm and accidentally walks off of a cliff. And so the adventures begin!
This book has a repetitive structure that kids will pick up easily. Each fortunate event is followed by an unfortunate one, hence the title. The thing I loved best was noticing the subtle details Mr. Foreman puts into his illustrations. It wasn't until the third reading that I realized that Milo's granny (yes, he gets there eventually!) is wearing roller skates under her dress and apron.
Thoughts from David: "I like it because there are dinosaurs there...and pirates! I like pirates." Case in point.