Lucky by Samuel Reed and Jenni Gold

Lucky is the story of Abbey, a young girl who rescues a lost puppy only to discover that anyone who loves him actually becomes lucky!
When a shameless businessman dognaps Abbey’s beloved pet for his own gain, Abbey and her family must drop everything to search for him, as Lucky embarks on an adventure of his own as he tries to find his way home! This fun-filled fully illustrated chapter book is perfect for boys and girls of all ages, but particularly great for early readers aged 4-7.

Inspired by previous Muscular Dystrophy ambassador Abbey Umali, Lucky is the story of hope, perseverance, and most importantly love.

 

A little about Sam and Jenni first:

SWRSamuel W. Reed started collaborating with Gold Pictures in 2008 as a writer and creative producer. In addition to writing and co-producing Aaah! Roach, Sam also co-wrote the screenplay and children’s book for Lucky, and co-produced, researched and wrote the award-winning documentary CinemAbility with Jenni Gold.

Sam has also contributed his talents to a number of other projects, including films distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment, projects for The Hallmark Channel, and Lifetime Entertainment. Sam wrote the narration for the 2014 SXSW Audience Award-winning documentary Take Me To the River starring Terrance Howard and Snoop Dogg, and in 2017 Sam released his debut novel, The Fabulist. 2019 saw the production of his directorial debut, Into the Wilderness, which he also wrote and produced.

Jenni-PicJenni is considered a triple threat in the world of entertainment. Her editing and screenwriting skills serve as a foundation for her directorial efforts which have received multiple awards and have placed her among the best in her field as a Director Member of the Directors Guild of America. Jenni is the co-founder of Gold Pictures, Inc. a development and production entity that was established in 2001.

In addition to directing the award-winning film CinemAbility: the Art of Inclusion, Jenni has co-written and is developing a number of narrative feature films including a romantic comedy titled Mr. December, the suspense thriller Adrenaline, and the family film Lucky. Most recently, Jenni directed the horror film Aaah! Roach, starring Casper Van Dien, Grace Van Dien, Barry Boswick and Jason Mewes.

Jenni has become a sought-after speaker and thought leader on the power the media has to shape perceptions. She recently spoke at Disney studios, Dreamworks, Duke University, etc, and co-hosted Turner Classic Movies with Ben Mankiewicz. She currently serves on the advisory board of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and has produced a number of films and corporate web series, servicing such well-known clients as The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and Easterseals of Southern California.

Jenni went to film school at the University of Central Florida where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with two BA degrees, one in Motion Picture Production and another in Radio and Television Broadcasting. Jenni has Muscular Dystrophy and has used a wheelchair since the age of seven. She often jokes that “since her director’s chair goes 12 miles an hour she is the first to arrive on set.” Her passion for storytelling and entertaining an audience is clearly evident in her work and achievements.

9-year-old Madi’s Review: 5-Stars

If I could, I would give this book 10-million-stars.

I loved everything about Lucky. He is rescued from a sewer when he is a puppy and finds a home with Abby and her parents. Abby has a lemonade stand, and Lucky helps her run it in the summer. Abby and her parents have to leave town because the lemonade stand becomes a big hit all over the country, so Lucky stays with a friend who has a flower shop. Then, the flower shop becomes famous.

The bad guy, Junior steals Lucky because he thinks the dog will bring him good luck in Las Vegas. But he doesn’t, so Junior lets Lucky go on the streets. I knew Lucky would be found, but it was a shock when Junior took him.

Then Lucky meets an artist who paints a lot of pictures of him and becomes famous, selling them to people. I really liked how everywhere Lucky went, he brought good luck to people. Except for Junior. That was a good part.

The pictures in the book are so good. I love them!

Sherry Terry’s Review: 4.8-Stars

The cover for Lucky is amazing. Full of great colors and who doesn’t like a dog. The plot of the story is interesting and done well. However, everything in the story happens fast with big jumps in time. I would love to see this book as a series. One book for each adventure Lucky goes on while missing from home.

There is good luck, bad luck, redemption, and mystery in this story that I would love to see fleshed out more.

Doing some research while putting these reviews together, I discovered that Abby is based on a real person with Muscular Dystrophy. This wasn’t mentioned at all in the book. I am not sure if this character Abby has Muscular Dystrophy or not. If she does, I feel a huge opportunity was missed to see life through a disabled child’s eyes.

The writing is very good. I also feel this book is a great read for children of all ages. The images in this story are so amazing. Lots of detail, colors, and excellent drawing.

Please feel free to share your review in the comments.

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