Lucky by Samuel Reed and Jenni Gold

Lucky is the story of Abbey, a young girl who rescues a lost puppy only to discover that anyone who loves him actually becomes lucky! When a shameless businessman dognaps Abbey’s beloved pet for his own gain, Abbey and her family must drop everything to search for him, as Lucky embarks on an adventure of his own as he tries to find his way home! This fun-filled fully illustrated chapter book is perfect for boys and girls of all ages, but particularly great for early readers aged 4–7.

Inspired by previous Muscular Dystrophy ambassador Abbey Umali, Lucky is the story of hope, perseverance, and most importantly love.

9-year-old Madi’s Review: 5-Stars

If I could, I would give this book 10-million-stars.

I loved everything about Lucky. He is rescued from a sewer when he is a puppy and finds a home with Abby and her parents. Abby has a lemonade stand, and Lucky helps her run it in the summer. Abby and her parents have to leave town because the lemonade stand becomes a big hit all over the country, so Lucky stays with a friend who has a flower shop. Then, the flower shop becomes famous.

The bad guy, Junior steals Lucky because he thinks the dog will bring him good luck in Las Vegas. But he doesn’t, so Junior lets Lucky go on the streets. I knew Lucky would be found, but it was a shock when Junior took him.

Then Lucky meets an artist who paints a lot of pictures of him and becomes famous, selling them to people. I really liked how everywhere Lucky went, he brought good luck to people. Except for Junior. That was a good part.

The pictures in the book are so good. I love them!

Sherry Terry’s Review: 4.8-Stars

The cover for Lucky is amazing. Full of great colors and who doesn’t like a dog. The plot of the story is interesting and done well. However, everything in the story happens fast with big jumps in time. I would love to see this book as a series. One book for each adventure Lucky goes on while missing from home.

There is good luck, bad luck, redemption, and mystery in this story that I would love to see fleshed out more.

Doing some research while putting these reviews together, I discovered that Abby is based on a real person with Muscular Dystrophy. This wasn’t mentioned at all in the book. I am not sure if this character Abby has Muscular Dystrophy or not. If she does, I feel a huge opportunity was missed to see life through a disabled child’s eyes.

The writing is very good. I also feel this book is a great read for children of all ages. The images in this story are so amazing. Lots of detail, colors, and excellent drawing.

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