Perkins’ images are bright and sweet, and children will enjoy the speech and thought bubbles throughout the book. Lucky’s thoughts are particularly humorous, and his relationship with the cat is especially funny.
The main question I have about the book is about the intended audience. If this is a book for young children, the primary purpose seems to be to use practical examples to explain what traditional school subjects are (“Geography is about our home, the Earth”; “Math is puzzles. Math is how much and how many”). However, an additional purpose seems to be demonstrating that schools are not the only place where learning occurs, that play and everyday tasks can provide ample opportunities for educational growth. I agree wholeheartedly with this premise, but this strikes me as a primarily adult concern, and so I am left wondering, “Who is this book for?” Children tend to be less interested in knowing whether they’re busy learning math or history or science as they play than in simply playing.
That said, this tension between the book’s presumed audience and its pedagogical implications could provide some fruitful class discussions with early elementary children, particularly in schools or home school settings that have a play or place-based learning philosophy. Dog-lovers will appreciate Frank and Lucky’s growing relationship as it encompasses all areas of life.
Simple and relevant explanations of subjects traditionally taught in school.