Lucky Monkey, Unlucky Monkey (Hardcover)

By James Kaczman

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 9780618631537, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2008



This story is about Ed and Ted, two thinking, speaking, fully clothed, house-dwelling monkeys. One day, Ed walks out of his just-the-right-size-for-a-monkey house. He is greeted by a bright, sunny day, with butterflies fluttering about and cute, friendly animals cheerfully hopping around.
Meanwhile . . . Ted walks out of his just-the-right-size-for-a-monkey house and is met by a forbidding sky with dark clouds, large insects swarming about, and frightening vermin crawling around.

Praise For Lucky Monkey, Unlucky Monkey

"A well-executed exercise in irony." Publishers Weekly 01/07/2008 Publishers Weekly

"Kaczman's flat, stylized illustrations are handsomely with symbols, words and pictures to compare and contrast..." Kirkus 3/1/08

Kirkus Reviews

"The story ends cleverly...watercolor-and-ink art effectively uses color to establish the contrast in luck." Booklist 3/15/08 Booklist, ALA

“…it's silly, it's fresh, it's told at kid-level, it teaches without preaching…and it throws many bones to the adult reader.” The Washington Post