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.
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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.
PreSchool-Grade 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
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