Chloe and I read The Invention of Hugo Cabret (which we loved, but that's another entry). After that, I went looking for information about the author, Brian Selznick. He said one of the books he was most impressed by growing up was Remy Charlip's Fortunately. When I was young, I had a copy of Remy Charlip's Arm in Arm. My parents loved that book - I thought it was okay, but not brilliant. However, on Selznick's recommendation, I decided we should check out Fortunately, which fortunately we did.
Chloe's review: Fortunately is about a boy named Ned, who is fortunately invited to a surprise party. Unfortunately the party is in Florida. Along the way to the party, Ned encounters a series of obstacles, but meets each obstacle with a surprising solution.
Andrea's take: To me this book is wonderful because it is about looking at the glass half-full.
A fun read for kindergarten through second grade.