Fortunately, Unfortunately is a really good book

When games of ‘I Spy’ are starting to wear thin, switch to ‘Fortunately/ Unfortunately’. If you are not familiar with this no-equipment-required (except your imagination) game, start with the book Unfortunately.

Unfortunately by Alan Durant and Simon Rickerty is a fun visual introduction to the classic game Fortunately/ Unfortunately. Durant and Rickerty have created an action-packed story with loads of fantastic plot twists and turns.

The story starts with a boy walking through a jungle. Unfortunately, a lion tries to get him. Fortunately, he escapes by climbing a tree. Unfortunately, a mean and hungry snake is poised to snaffle him. Fortunately the boy grabs a vine and swings away… and so the story continues, switching from seemingly dire situations to lucky escapes, quick thinking and good fortune.

Like the best games of Fortunately/ Unfortunately, the story is fanciful – the crazier and more surprising the plot, the better. Yet Durant’s storytelling and Rickerty’s spot-on illustrations keep the book well-paced and create the perfect rhythm of suspense and solution. The story comes to a neat conclusion – although leaves the option for a sequel!

Unfortunately is well suited for pre-schoolers however older children will enjoy it as an introduction to their own games of Fortunately/ Unfortunately. It’s available from Book Depository for $9.60. Book Depository ship free-of-charge to Australia.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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