Fortunately, Ned was invited to a surprise party. Unfortunately, the party was a thousand miles away.
And so begins the story of Ned, who goes on exciting adventures and makes many narrow escapes from danger in the book “Fortunately” by Remy Charlip. The fortunately pages are done in colour while the unfortunately pages are done in black and white, which adds to the alternating senses of relief and dread that accompanies this story.
While I was looking for “Fortunately” at the library recently I came across another book called “Fortunately, Unfortunately” by Michael Foreman. It’s a story about Milo the monkey who goes on lots of wild adventures on his way to his grandmother’s house. It’s an exciting book, with Milo meeting pirates, dinosaurs and aliens along the way.
The illustrations are nice and brightly coloured but it lacks the charm that Charlip’s “Fortunately” has. The writing in “Fortunately” also flows better, with every page having a fortunately or unfortunately scenario. “Foreman’s “Fortunately, Unfortunately” does have a similar set up, but with some of the characters chiming in, which I felt really broke the rhythm and flow of the book and makes it less enjoyable to read aloud. The end of ‘Fortunately, Unfortunately” definitely leads to a sequel, so there’s hope yet. Or you could just stick with what works and pick up “Fortunately” by Remy Charlip.