“There are so many things I’d much rather be…”
Title: The Luckiest One of All
Author: Bill Peet
Genre: Fiction – Children’s
Erin’s teaser synopsis: One of Bill Peet’s more neglected works, this book is essentially one long “the grass is aways greener” example. It starts with a little boy who is dissatisfied with his life and carries through various other nouns that are also dissatisfied with theirs, ultimately making a full circle.
Why I relate to it: I have known for quite some time the genius who was Bill Peet, at least through his books, but I had never read this particular one until today. My favorite children’s book, hands down, is The Wump World, and I’m still trying to figure out where to get a wump tattoo (eventually). So you know that anything Bill Peet, I must read. I love him to pieces, and though this work will never be quite as magical for me as the ones I read as a child, it’s still special simply because he wrote it.
Judgement call: It’s a good lesson for anyone, and one that is truly resonant for me on certain days. I think (real) adults will be over it about halfway through, but kids will like it, and it does hammer the point home.