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This Little Miss Lucky is one of the many books published in the Mr Men and Little Miss series by Roger Hargreaves. The books retail at £2.50 from most bookstores and it is a paperback.
This story is about Little Miss Lucky and how one windy, stormy night she gets up to answer a knock at her door. When she opens it she finds no one there but after further investigation she gets blown away by a gust of wind. The story tells us what happens to her after she lands and you do begin to wonder how she came to be called Lucky in the first place. There is a good twist at the end which meant that I had to read the story again to my kids just so it made sense!
The story is told in the typical Mr Men fashion. the author is talking directly to the reader and is involving them by asking multiple questions. The text is quite fast paced, especially when she is lost in the woods. The sentences become very short and this helps to build up the suspense.
There are lots of places in this story where the children can join in, the noises in the woods can be made by the children as can the knocking at the door. my kids love to make the sounds, it makes them feel as if they are telling the story as well.
The story is easy to follow and is just the right length at 16 pages of text.
Every page of text is opposite a page with a picture on it. The pictures are very simple and there isn't a lot of detail but in this case that works well. The dark night and the talking tree all help add to the suspense and don't detract from the story.
This Little Miss book is a good story for any child. It is entertaining and fun to read.
I don't remember many books from my childhood, but one series of adventures sticks out in my mind... Roger Hargreaves' 'Mr Men' and 'Little Miss' stories. To this day I can still recall a lot of the narrative, and as a young boy, the small, glossy covered books really captured my imagination.
Yesterday, my nephew was having 'Little Miss Lucky' read to him, and seemed to be enjoying it... I had to stop myself from wrenching the book off him in order to write a review ;)
In terms of their historical context, the 'Little Miss' series of books were written from 1981 onwards - ten years after the original Mr Men books were launched. There were 42 Little Miss books in total, although after his death in 1988, Roger Hargreaves' son Adam took over the mantle and began writing his own stories using the popular characters.
Little Miss Lucky is the eighteenth book in the series, and was written in 1984. The book begins with a colourful illustration of Little Miss Lucky's house, which is known as 'Horseshoe Cottage' (rather than 'Lucky House' which is a Chinese takeaway up the road from me). After hearing a knock at the door, Lucky goes down the stairs to investigate. When she opens the door, no-one is there, and it is here that Little Miss Lucky's adventures begin...
The stories goes onto involve an enchanted tree, an adventure in a haystack, and a short burst of falling through the air by our eponymous heroine - believe me, it's energetic stuff!
The illustrations are fantastically simple, and use thick black lines to separate the flat and bold colours. This creates a visual intrigue which, although technically average, is certainly eye-catching.
The story is written in a way which will engage young children, and in most cases there isn't much text on each page. I found the book to be quite humorous in a subtle way, as during the series of unfortunate events that Miss Lucky encounters, the question is repeatedly raised;
"I wonder why this story is called 'Little Miss Lucky'?"
To be honest, I would highly recommend any of the Little Miss books, as the stories (which aren't always as straightforward in their narrative as you would expect) are entertaining and beautifully written.
You can purchase Little Miss Lucky for the very reasonable price of £2.50 from Amazon.
ISBN - 0-85985-218-0
Little Miss Lucky is the 16th Little Miss book. Roger Hargreaves created the Mr Men in 1971. Ten years later, he created the Little Misses as well, off the back of the success of the Mr Men. They are lovely books, which I enjoyed when I was a kid. My son prefers the Mr Men books as he can relate to them more being a male, but they're still very good.
Little Miss Lucky is round and pink, with a cloth hat that is checkered. In the story, you really do wonder why she is called Little Miss Lucky. She wakes up one night, thinking she has heard something outside, but when she goes outside, a gust of wind locks her out of her house! What will happen next? And do we get to see why Little Miss Lucky is lucky?
This is a rather strange story, but I guess Hargreaves was trying to imagine a situation where luck would be involved. The story is nice, and it also goes to show that even something that at first seems as if it is not lucky may turn out to be after all! The illustrations are very colourful and vibrant and are on the right hand pages in the book, and the writing is on the left hand pages. This is in keeping with the layout of the Mr Men books.
The Little Miss books retail for £2.50 each, but amazon.co.uk are currently selling them for £2.25. I recommend the Little Miss books as well as the Mr Men books.
I have read almost all of the Mr Men and little miss books to my little niece and probably enjoyed them as much if not more than she did. One of my favourites was this one (little miss lucky) the name kind of reminded me a bit of myself because I feel like I have been fairly lucky through life (hope I am not tempting fate here).
The book is written by Roger Hargreaves and after a phone call to my brother to check I can tell you that it is number 16 in the collection. The book and indeed all the others in the collection too are written in very clear print with all the words appearing on the left hand pages and bright and very eye catching, colourful pictures on the opposite page. My little niece loves to stare at the bright pictures as I read the words to her.
The books are all written in such a way that they are very easy for kids to understand but not too boring for us adults who have to read them. I feel the books are perfect for kids who need the books read to them and also older kids who can read them for themselves. The long and the short of it is that at £1.99 per book they are great value and will last kids through the years.
The story of little miss lucky is set in horseshoe cottage, one night when in bed reading as she always did, little miss lucky heard a knock at the door and got out of her bed to see who it was. After opening the door she is surprised to find no one there, on stepping outside to investigate further a gust of wind blows her door shut leaving her stuck outside. Ironic she should be called lucky then!!
The question throughout being why is she called miss lucky keeps the book interesting and gets the kids little minds working which is what reading should be all about for all ages in my opinion.
Little Miss Lucky is number 16 in the Little Miss series written by Roger Hargreaves and later his son Adam.
All of the books in the series are written in the same format with writing on the left hand side and bright colourful pictures on the right hand side and this one is no exception. The pictures are great for helping children understand the story being told and help to engage their attention from the start.
The front and back of this book also follow the same format as all of the others in the series. The back contains small pictures of all the other Little Miss in the series. This makes it easy to keep track of those left to read. The front of book is plain white with a picture of Little Miss Lucky in the centre and her name in black, block capitals above her head. The character in question is rather round and pink with a blue nose and a checked hat with a red bow.
*** THE STORY ***
Little Miss Lucky lives in Horseshoe cottage and every night she reads a book in bed. One cold winters night she was snuggled down in her bed when she heard a knock at the door. Little Miss Lucky got out of bed and went to see who was there but when she unlocked the door she couldn't see anyone.
Little Miss Lucky stepped outside to take another look and when she did a huge gust of wind banged the door closed. Little Miss Lucky was locked out. So why is the story called Little Miss Lucky?
*** MY OPINION ***
The question "why is this story called Little Miss Lucky?" is repeated throughout the story making the book really interactive and great for young children that like to be involved in the story being told.
Little Miss Lucky is another of favourites in the series. The story is interesting and young children love the questions throughout. Furthermore the language is relatively easy, making the book great for children starting to read independently.
All in all the book is a great read and perfect for children of all ages. Its RRP is £1.99but it can be picked up for less in shops such as Wilkinsons and Morrisons as well as online. Whatever the price though this book is definitely worth buying.
Book Series: Little Miss Library