Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Kevin Cornell
Illustrator: Kevin Cornell
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
When Lucy starts falling down a mountain, she doesn’t think that things could possibly get any worse. But of course they do. A mountain man misses throwing her a rope, she’s thrown out of a cave of bears, and she starts feeling nauseous from it all. However, it’s nothing that a cup of hot cocoa can’t solve. The illustrations are detailed and alive. They have just enough of a dark pallet to still be considered colorful while matching Lucy's mood.
This book can be a funny book to simply laugh at, or an entertaining book to teach children that we can overcome even the worst of days. Readers could discuss why it was okay that Lucy was upset and then what she did to cope with the awful situation. The expressive illustrations aid in helping readers understand the depth of Lucy’s emotions. The illustrations also contribute to the humor of the book, making it a read that many elementary school-age children will find entertaining.