Diamond's Lucky Penny

Children - General
28 Pages
Reviewed on 08/12/2013
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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite

Diamond's Lucky Penny by Saragine François and illustrated by Pritali Joharapurkar is a children's book about a normally clumsy boy named Diamond. One night before going to sleep he wishes on a star that he wouldn't be so clumsy any more. In the morning he notices a penny on his bedroom floor and surmises it to be a "lucky" penny. Throughout his day at school -- and even before going to school -- he continues to be clumsy in just about everything he does. He bumps his head, he bangs his wrist, he bangs his elbow getting onto the school bus, he bumped heads with his friend Taj while on the bus, and he hadn't even gotten to school yet! Once he was at school, he almost slipped on a piece of paper, but managed to catch his balance. At lunch he remembered he had left his lucky penny in his desk, so he went back to the classroom to get it. On his way back to the cafeteria he fell on the stairs and bumped his bum! After eating, he was playing in the school yard and accidentally kicked a ball that spilled his teacher's soda all over his clean shirt. At that point, Diamond started to doubt the "luckiness" of his "lucky" penny!

At home, Diamond continues to be his normal clumsy self. But after a bath, he put on his pajamas and got into bed. As he remembered all the clumsy things he did that day, he realized that in spite of it all, he never once got hurt! So just maybe his penny was lucky after all. This book should be entertaining to its target audience, which is young children. It is my belief that anything which requires parents to spend time with their children is a good thing. Anything that interests children in books and reading is also a good thing. So I give this my stamp of approval, and suggest that it would be a good addition to any child's library shelf.