Thursday, May 4, 2017

Book Review ~ The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13 (Book 1 in the Classroom 13 Series) by Honest Lee and Matthew J. Gilbert Art by Joelle Dreidemy

The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13
Book 1 in the Classroom 13 Series
by Honest Lee and Matthew J. Gilbert
Art by Joelle Dreidemy
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

When unlucky teacher Ms. Linda LaCrosse wins the lottery, she shares her winnings with her class--giving each student over a BILLION DOLLARS!

You might think this was nice, but it was not. It was a nasty idea! With great money comes horrible allergies, steep taxes, exploding volcanoes, and other problems. As the students of Classroom 13 are about to learn, winning the lottery is not always lucky.
What would YOU do if you won the lottery? The final chapter encourages young readers to write their OWN chapter and send it in to the author, Honest Lee.
The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13 is the first in a new chapter book series of hilarious stories about a rather unlucky classroom. Each story is full of humor, action, and fun, and will prompt hours of conversation among friends, families, and classrooms.

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If you play the lottery, you probably dream of what you would do if you happen to win the jackpot.  From investing, to going on dream vacations, to buying an amazing new home – the possibilities are practically endless for a lucky winner. If the winner chooses wisely, they will be set for life.  If the wrong choices are made, well you can only imagine. Thus the premise of this delightful chapter book.

Ms. Linda, a schoolteacher, is generally very unlucky - life never seems to be in her favor.  One unlucky morning she had a flat tire while going to work.  Forced to spend money to use the phone to call for help, she purchases a lottery ticket for one of the biggest lotteries of all time.  Because she is so unlucky, she just sticks the ticket in her pocket, knowing there isn’t any chance that she would win. When she finally arrives to her class, the discussion starts on current events – one being the lottery.  Remembering her ticket, Ms. Linda decides to use this as a learning tool.  Because we all dream big, and Ms. Linda knows there is no possible way she will ever win (because she is so unlucky), she promises her students that if she wins, she will share the winnings with each of the children in her class.  They sign a contract and pinky swear, and the day goes on as normal.  But, Ms. Linda’s luck changes!  She wins the lottery in the amount of $28,000,000,000!!!!!  She gives each child their winnings, and this is where the story really begins.  Each chapter is about one of the children and what they decided to do with their new fortune.  Some choose wisely, while some, well….not so much.  In the end, they all learned a valuable lesson that no amount of money could ever buy.

The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13 is a delightful book that will appeal to young children and in the process, open up meaningful discussions between parent and child.  As a bonus, the illustrations throughout are absolutely charming and really add to the story.  The writing is simplistic enough that young readers should not have a problem reading to themselves.  The very last chapter ask the reader to write down what they would do if they won one billion dollars which the author states he would love to read if mailed to him.  This is a great start to the Classroom 13 Series and I can’t wait to read what the children of Classroom 13 get to discover next.  Whatever it is, I think it’s going to be a fun adventure!

4 stars

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