Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Children's Book Review: Lucky Luis
Written by: Gary Soto
Illustrated by: Rhode Montijo
Published by: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2012
At Little League, Luis is catching fly balls, stealing bases, and hitting like a champ. But there is a problem: he thinks he's getting good luck from the snacks he samples at the supermarket before every game. Then one day his mom goes directly to the field and he has a horrible practice. The day she skips the stop at the store before a game, he strikes out twice.
Luckily, Luis's father understands and convinces him that practice and concentration matter much more than any superstition.
* It's hard to explain to kids what a superstition is. When I got this book from the library I didn't realize that this is what the book was about. I thought it was a little weird that Luis' superstition was eating the free samples from the grocery store. Our grocery store doesn't have daily free samples so the kids couldn't really relate to Luis' superstition. And when they heard about Adan not changing his socks all season they thought that was pretty gross. Baseball also plays a large part in this book, so for young fans this may be a good pick. There are also several Spanish words throughout the book. Overall, I thought that this book was only so-so.
Family Rating: So-so.